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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


    Board of Ordained Ministry

    The Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) has many responsibilities, as outlined in paragraph 635 of the 2012 Book of Discipline.

    BOM is the credentialing body for clergy seeking commissioning and ordination in the Upper New York Annual Conference. This board of nearly 50 members (lay and clergy, appointed by the Bishop) works in six broad areas: Standards and Qualifications (of ordination candidates); Clergy Status; Clergy Effectiveness; District Committee (dCOM) support and direction; Recruitment/Enlistment; and oversight of the Provisional Members program.

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    Key Contacts: Executive Team

    Co-Chairpersons: Rev. Ann Kemper,; Rev. Carmen Perry,

    Vice Chair: Mark Kimpland,

    Logistics/Meeting Arrangements: Rev. Mark Kimpland,; Rev. Missy McCarthy,

    Continuing Education Grants: Rev. Anne Canfield,

    Board Secretary: Rev. Leanne Zeck,

    Registrar: Rev. Caroline Simmons,

    Psychological Testing Coordinator: Rev. Nancy Adams,

    PassageUMC Administrator (replaces UMCares): Rev. Derek Hansen,

    Registrar of Candidates & Applications for Course of Study and Background Checks: Ms. Cindy Muder,

    Standards & Qualifications: Rev. Steve Smith,

    DCOM Coordination: Rev. David Piatt,

    Status Division Chair: Rev. Kristen Allen,

    Provisional Membership: (Co-Chairs) Rev. Heather Stierheim,; Rev. Becky Naber,

    Clergy Effectiveness: Rev. Nancy Adams,

    Recruitment & Enlistment: Rev. JD (Jongdeok) Park,

    Cabinet Representative: Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens,

    Order of Elders Chair: Rev. Steve Smith,; Rev. Heather Williams, 

    Order of Deacons Co-Chairs: Rev. Rebecca Naber; Rev. Carrie Wolfe

    Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members: Pastor Donna Fitchette,



    Upper New York Board of Ordained Ministry has organized to do its work in 6 Divisions with duties as follows:

    Clergy Status

    • handling concerns regarding Conference Relations
    • retirement; leaves
    • exits & readmissions

    Standards & Qualifications

    • oversee application and interview process and will follow-up with those seeking commissioning or ordination
    • requirements for status (checklist)
    • Registrars of Deacons & Elders

    Recruitment & Enlistment

    • coordinate with cabinet for seminary visitation
    • keep in contact with seminary students
    • promote Upper New York clergy careers
    • encourage theological education
    • manage scholarships, grants and loans

    DCOM Coordination

    • all matters of candidacy
    • licensing school
    • Course of Study program
    • trains candidacy mentors and clergy mentors
    • mentor for CLM/local hires, etc
    • includes Registrars of Local Pastors & Candidates

    Provisional Membership

    • develop & oversee Provisional Mentors
    • continued theological education
    • manage residency program(s)

    Clergy Effectiveness

    In 2014, the Board of Ordained Ministry adopted a statement of Our Clergy Covenant, addressing questions of effectiveness, ethics, and collegiality in our covenant-life as United Methodist clergy. Download the document here.

    • will develop standards for clergy effectiveness
    • work with the three orders--Deacons, Elders and Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members on matters pertaining to the Clergy Covenant: ethical standards
    • encourage continuing education and formation & career development
    • manage clergy care

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."