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


All Blog Posts (10)

2012 World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Badges/Pins Charity Campaign

As we commemorate the 2012 World AIDS Day, we kindly invite you to buy our Red Ribbon lapel Pins in support of our Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Delivery e.g. Care and Support of People Living with AIDS & Orphans. To place an order, kindly contacts us at…

Added by Africa Youth Ministries on November 12, 2012 at 10:09am — No Comments

Wesley United Methodist Church

Wesley United Methodist Church and the City of New Orleans

I think that a church built by slaves from Africa in their spare time MUST be preserved especially for the sake of our youth. Not to do this impeaches the dignity of both these men and women. Ditto as their descendants.

Just now in a discussion on black literature on C Span Book TV somebody mentioned a comparison between Puzzo's “God Father” and Hip Hop. Both are thug thug driven.

1. The Corelone family…


Added by George Pope on April 30, 2012 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Bishop Joseph B. Bethea

Bishop Joseph B. Bethea was the first and only African American Bishop for the South Carolina United Methodist Conference. Before his death he worked tirelessly to bring racial inclusion to United Methodist congregations throughout South Carolina. As one of many lasting testaments to his legacy, a few years before his untimely passing, he led an effort over 20 years ago to establish a church in South Carolina that would be a beacon for inclusion for all United Methodist congregations. The…


Added by John Enwright on January 11, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Poetic Reflection for World Aids Day

I’m Here

(Inspired by “The Color Purple” & Psalms 139)


I don’t need you to love me

I got my God – Creator! Comforter! Healer!

I got my friends – chosen family!

…Got my bed when my body…


Added by Kelvin Sauls on November 30, 2011 at 10:48pm — 1 Comment

Non-Exempt Black Staff

I support the mission of NBSF. However, I am a non-exempt staff person at the General Board of Discipleship and according to the statement I read this organization is for exempt staff. I work as Coordinator of Production and Related Services at the Upper Room and hope that one day this job will become exempt. Until then, I pray you all will "Do Good, Do No Harm, and Stay In Love With God" in all that you do in your work and ministry.

Added by Linda Furtado on September 29, 2011 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Take Away The Stone, Take Off The Bandages!

Take Away The Stone, Take Off The Bandages

(inspired by  John 11: 17-44)


Dead in the grave

 Smellin’ in the cave

Bandages to wrap me

A Stone to cover…


Added by Kelvin Sauls on September 26, 2011 at 1:36am — No Comments

An Aspect of God

black, brown, white or yellow

you are an aspect of God

citizen or resident, immigrant or refugee,

documented or undocumented

you are an aspect of God

jewish or muslim, christian or seihk, hindu or budhist

misunderstood or unknown religion

you are an aspect of God

abused, adopted, aborted or deported

you are an aspect of God

living with hiv/aids or malaria or alzheimer’s or autism

orphaned, stigmatized, rejected,…


Added by Kelvin Sauls on August 1, 2011 at 3:01am — No Comments

Facing the Future, Focussing on the Present with Kelvin Sauls

More than 200 United Methodist leaders gathered in Los Angeles May 16–18 to discuss cross-cultural/cross-racial appointments as a key to the church’s future vitality. Sponsored by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the event brought together a diverse group of leaders to discern the future of the UMC, while honestly looking at the changing demographic landscape of the US. The…


Added by Kelvin Sauls on June 15, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Seeking God's Vision During Seasons of Change

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens" Ecclesiastes 3:1


Greetings from your new National Black Staff President!


Those who gathered in February for our Annual Meeting in New Orleans, enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and dialogue on work dynamics, church structure and spiritual growth. I want to take a moment to thank Rev. Carl Arrington for his leadership during our programming time. Carl offered…


Added by Michelle Whittaker on April 14, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Black Preachers who Whoop "Ministers or MInstrels"

This was also posted on CNN and is being circulated through some UMC list servs. I read the article and did not find it as disturbing as the title suggested but did wonder if it was being used to promote a stereotype

Added by Safiyah Fosua on October 21, 2010 at 5:45pm — 1 Comment

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