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Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM)

The Conference Board of Ordained Ministry is composed of clergy (elders, deacons, associate members, local pastors) and laity from across the Florida Conference.  The Board serves as the final recommending body in the conference as a person applies for licensing or ordination.  Nearly sixty people serve on this board, giving much of their time and energy to the process of credentialing people for ministry within the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. In addition, there is a district committee on ordained ministry in each district that is responsible for certifying candidates, recertifying candidates, recommending the licensing of Local Pastors, the annual relicensing of local pastors, and recommending candidates for provisional deacon, provisional elder, associate member and transfers to the Board of Ministry. 

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has a handbook for members of boards of ordained ministry.  Each member of the Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry may obtain a copy at www.gbhem.org/bomhandbook.

The Officers of the Board 

Chairperson: Magrey deVega    mdevega@hydeparkumc.org                 

Vice-Chairperson/Chair of Conference Relations/RIM: Debbie Allen    debbieallen.cumc@gmail.com                                    

Secretary: Carrie McCannell-Scruggs    carrie@mumconline.com

Registrar/Direction of OCE: Sara McKinley   sara.mckinley@flumc.org                                           

Cabinet Liaison: Bob Bushong   ds-ec@flumc.org

Cabinet Liaison: Durwood Foshee ds-ne@flumc.org

Chair of the Order of Deacons:  Justin LaRosa   Justin@theportico.org                            

Chair of the Order of Elders: Vidalis Lopez   Vidalis@welovefirst.church      

Chair of the Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors: Will Clark   pastor@iofumc.org              

BOM DATES:

  • October 14, 2020 - Virtual Training 10a-12p and 2p-4p via ZOOM
  • January 31-February 5, 2021 - Provisional Member, Full Connection and Provisional Continuance Interviews at First UMC Lakeland
  • August 24, 2021 - Training at the Conference Office in Lakeland 10a-3p
  • January 30-February 4, 2022 - Provisional Member, Full Connection and Provisional Continuance Interviews 
  • August 23, 2022 - Training at the Conference Office in Lakeland 10a-3p
  • January 29-February 3, 2023 - Provisional Member, Full Connection and Provisional Continuance Interviews 
  • August 22, 2023 - Training at the Conference Office in Lakeland 10a-3p
  • January 28-February 2, 2024 - Provisional Member, Full Connection and Provisional Continuance Interviews 
  • August 20, 2024 - Training at the Conference Office in Lakeland 10a-3p

For the BOOM Handbook for 2012-2016 Click Here.

BOM Responsibilities and Functions