Lay Leadership Team

Micheal Pope
Conference Lay Leader

Akesa Fakava
Lay Servant Ministries

Rev. Scott Gessford
Certified Lay Ministry

District Lay Leaders

Kelly Vaughn
Los Rios District

Diana Bulls
Central Valley District

Siteri Maravou
El Camino Real District

George Beckman
Great Northern District

Tyree Johnson
Bay District


Certified Lay Ministry (CLM)

Certified Lay Ministers are meant to enhance to quality of ministry to small-membership churches and to expand team ministry in churches.  Certified Lay Ministers preach the Word, provide a care ministry to the congregation, assist in program leadership, and are to be a witness to the community as part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergyperson.

Our conference is adopting the Certified Lay Ministry Program from Discipleship Ministries.  The length and course materials are comparable to the old CLayM Program, although they updated and are taught in a different format.  There are four modules, each covering a different facet of ministry: 

  • Call and Covenant to Ministry
  • The Practice of Ministry
  • Organization for Ministry
  • Connection for Ministry

There are also five specializations for Certified Lay Ministers that will require additional training after completing the basic four-module LM course.  The specializations are:

National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries Lay Missioner

  • Lay Missionary/Church Planter
  • United Methodist Parish Nurse
  • Men’s Ministry Specialist
  • Children’s Faith Formation

To be eligible to take LM training, a person must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completed the Basic Lay Servant Course (BLS) and the Advanced Lay Servant Spiritual Gifts Class (ALS-Spiritual Gifts).  These courses should be offered through your district Lay Servant Ministries Program.
  2. Obtain written recommendation from your pastor and church council or charge conference.
  3. Complete the LM Training application and submit it to the LM Registrar.

Please read the 2018 Inquirer’s Letter for course description and training options, anticipated class dates and associated costs. 

Those who have previously taken the CLayM training and have been assigned to a pastoral charge will be transitioning from CLayM to LM during the 2017-2018 church year.  There are two required courses that will need to be taken.  You will be contacted in the coming months by the LM Registrar with more information.

To register and for further information contact:

Scott Gessford
LM Registrar/Training Coordinator

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