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


President and CEO

United Methodist Insurance is presently seeking candidates for the position of President and CEO. The President and CEO leads the capitalization, development and marketing of United Methodist Insurance’s program. The program provides competitive and comprehensive insurance products to United Methodist churches to help them protect their property and assets and meet the GCFA insurance guidelines referenced in the UMC Book of Discipline.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Raises capital in the form of investments, contributions and/or donations necessary to support the growth, regulatory reserve requirements and fiscal sustainability of UMI.
  • In partnership with the UMI Board of Directors, leads the development and implementation of a strategic agenda to significantly grow UMI’s book of business and achieve desired retention rate of current policyholders.
  • Stewards the organization’s financial resources within a budget approved by the UMI Board of Directors.
  • Champions the development of loss control and claims processing in accordance with best practices in the insurance industry, and in conformance to all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Provides thoughtful, detailed, and timely reports to the UMI Board of Directors to support the governing responsibilities of the Board. Keeps the Board apprised of progress towards financial, marketing and other agreed-upon goals. Engages with the Board to chart the strategic direction of UMI.
  • Leads, supervises, and coaches UMI staff and ensures appropriate oversight of any contractors to UMI.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in the insurance industry preferred
  • Understanding of The United Methodist Church structure
  • Strong public speaking acumen
  • Sales and/or marketing background a plus
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Must have ability to work independently and as part of a team in a professional environment
  • Leadership experience in the United Methodist Church preferred
  • UMC Member is preferred

Email resume and cover letter to
Closing Date: March 8, 2017
No Staffing Agencies or Recruitment Firms

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Feb 14, 2017.

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