Department For Ministry Protection

Below is a listing of the Ministry Protection staff with a brief description of their roles and professional backgrounds.  This information may assist you in determining the most appropriate contact person for questions related to risk management, safety, claims or insurance program information. 

Department Email: 
Phone:   1-800-282-8011
Fax:        1-863-686-7363 




Brian Donivan, ACA, AIC, CWC          Senior Claims Specialist                              Ext. 175
Brian oversees the claim process on behalf of Conference churches.  When claims are reported to our Third Party Administrator, Brian makes sure that our claims are processed in a timely manner and that policy language is applied accurately.  
He also provides general risk management, loss mitigation, and safety guidance to churches.




Helen Mitchell                           Insurance Operations Specialist                  Ext. 126

Provides overall risk management administrative assistance to local churches, including certificates of insurance, motor vehicle driving record requests, database and accounting support. 

Helen comes to the Ministry Protection department after serving the Florida Conference for ten years in the HR & Benefits department. 


LaNita Battles, AINS              Department Director                   Ext. 199

Responsible for administration of the department and oversight of the comprehensive insurance program, risk management issues, claims response, risk control and long-range strategic planning.  Also manages and coordinates the claims of the insurance program in conjunction with the third party claims administrator of the Conference.  

LaNita has almost 30 years of experience in the insurance industry in multi-line claims, underwriting, and communications.   A graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and a professional member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), she has also earned the nationally recognized professional insurance designation of Associate in General Insurance (AINS).  



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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