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Board of Discipleship

The Board of Discipleship exists to provide resources and training to local ministries to assist them in building contextual discipleship processes to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  We foster and promote a holistic approach to disciple-making through Christian education, small-group ministries, camping, retreats, evangelism, stewardship, worship, lay development, spiritual formation, age-level/life-span ministries, leadership education, and other areas as the Annual Conference determines.

  • Assists churches of all sizes in their efforts to win persons to Jesus Christ as his disciples and to help these persons grow in their understanding of God.
  • Assists congregations in building, improving, and sustaining systems that develop spiritual leaders for congregations
  • Promoting Emmaus Ministries to assist churches in developing leaders
  • Provides resources and training that will assist leaders in planning and administering comprehensive age-level ministries 
  • In consultation with the Board of Ordained Ministry, recommend annually to the conference and to the bishop in charge the appointment of general evangelists as provided for in The Book of Discipline.
  • Recognizes clergy, laity, and youth for excellence through the Denman Award and One Matters Award
  • Identify and gather best practices and resources in disciple-making 
  • Make recommendations to local churches for curriculum, materials, and programs resources that would enhance the ministries of the faith communities

Rev. Robin G. BeMiller
Rev. James H. Carey Jr.
Rev. John H. Conway
Mr. Richard B. Dawson
Ms. Harriett Darst
Rev. Nilse Furtado-Gilliam
Dr. Timothy D. Hazlett – Chairperson
Rev. Michael P. Kendall
Mr. Kevin O. Mooers
Rev. Gayle D. Porias
Dr. Susan Schall
Rev. Matthew B. Sergent
Rev. George M. Warner Sr.
Rev. James N. Wishmyer
Mrs. Nancy Yarborough
Ms. Ronda Wimmer

Staff Members

Mr. Dwayne Stinson

Ms. Becky Tate

Contact Us

Email us at [email protected]


The Board of Discipleship administers two awards on behalf of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Nominees for the awards are to be submitted by March of every year. The Board will select and award the nominee during the Annual Conference gathers.

The board will also support an additional celebration and recognition at the recipient’s congregation in the fall.

Lifespan Ministries

Conference Youth Council 

Young Adult Council 

Older Adult Council

Practical Resources

We have gathered material from many sources to provide what we believe are useful resources for disciple-making.  But we are always on the lookout to add helpful material, so if you find a resource that you believe is worth sharing, please let us know.  And if you find an area we haven’t listed and for which you want resources, let us know that also.

Contact: Board of Discipleship


Links to Other Websites

Below are links to other useful sites in our Annual Conference and General Conference as well as to other sites.

General Board of Discipleship

Vital Congregations

General Board of Global Ministries Website

Discipleship Ministries

United Methodist Communications

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