The Black Staff Association of the United Methodist Church is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of black staff serving The United Methodist Church in staff positions with UMC boards, agencies, conferences, jurisdictions, and districts. BSA will work collaboratively with all segments of The United Methodist Church in order to strengthen relationships that help to equip staff to more effectively network, empower and engage missional in our communities as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our global world.



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2017-2018 BSA Officers

Rori Blakeney
Discipleship Ministries – Young People Ministries

Vice President
Royya James
United Methodist Communications

Maurita Bowie
General Commission on Religion and Race

Nominating/Program Committee Chair
John W. Coleman Jr.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Communications Chair
Sharon Dean
General Council on Finance and Administration

Harris K. Tay
West Ohio Conference


Tamara Wims leaves Eastern PA staff for Wisconsin Position

We are pleased to announce the election of Tamara C. Wims, CPA, as the new Conference Treasurer/Director of Administration for the Wisconsin Annual Conference.  The Wisconsin Conference Council on Finance and Administration elected her August 25 upon the nomination from a joint search team of the Conference Personnel Committee and the Council on Finance and Administration.

Tamara filled the staff position of Support Associate – Accounting III with the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference since November of 2010.  Tamara is a graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants. A lifelong Methodist, Wims has served as a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Board of Higher Education and Ministry and is a newly elected member of the Investment Committee of the General Council on Finance and Administration. She is currently serving as the treasurer of the Philadelphia Caucus of Black Methodists for Church Renewal.

We will miss her professional expertise, love of church and commitment to its ministry and mission and wish her well as she moves into this new role.  Tamara’s last day in our Conference is Friday, September 9.  She will be joining the Finance Office Staff in Wisconsin on Monday, September 12.

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Sep 12, 2016.

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