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


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.

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Comment by Michelle Whittaker on January 23, 2012 at 1:23am

Linda, you are still welcome to participate and non-exempt staff can join NBSF as an associate. We are working on revising our by-laws to add non-exempt staff as full members. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for further improvement to the organization. Feel free to email me or we can continue this discussion online here.




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