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


The Solomon Cramer Camp Scholarship Endowment

The Solomon Cramer Camp Scholarship Endowment is accepting application for its first round of applications.  The deadline for applying is March 15, 2017.   This scholarship grants are designed for projects developed in collaboration with one’s conference rather than to individual recipients.


Priorities is given to projects with emphasis on:

  1. Minister with Youth Living in Poverty
  2. Collaborate with Faith Communities Engaged in Vital Congregation and New Faith Community Processes of their Annual Conference
  3. Expand Opportunities for Youth from Underserved Ethnic Populations to Participate and Lead
  4. Develop Young People for Spiritual Leadership and/or Leadership within Camp Retreat Ministry


If you have questions, please contact Kevin Witt at 541-317-1615 or


Last updated by Rori Blakeney Jan 30, 2017.

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