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 who is responsible for recertifying candidates for provisional membership to the BOM and for licensing as a Local Pastor.

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

The Officers of the Board 

Chairperson: Brett Opalinski                     

Vice-Chairperson: David Miller                                            

Secretary: Christy Holden

Registrar: Sara McKinley                                           

Cabinet Liaison: Bob Bushong

Cabinet Liaison: Durwood Foshee

Order of Deacons:  Justin LaRosa                            

Order of Elders: Dionne Hammond           

Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors: Will Clark              


  • November 12-15, 2018 - interviews at LEC
  • January 14-18, 2019 – interviews at LEC
  • August 26 and 27, 2019 – Training at LEC

For the BOOM Handbook for 2012-2016 Click Here.

BOM Responsibilities and Functions

Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011