March 11, 2015


jtom2016groupphotoGBHEM maintains a JTOM class of 15 fifteen (15) racial ethnic college and/or seminary students interested in pursuing ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. New participants are selected annually based on the number of current JTOM students graduating that year.

Selection Criteria:

  • Be born of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American/Alaskan Indian, or Pacific Islander parentage (at least one parent)
  • Be a member of a United Methodist Church for at least two years prior to applying
  • Enrolled in a full-time degree program at a United Methodist-related school or seminary
  • Be actively engaged in leadership activities in local church, district, conference, etc.
  • Have made a definite decision to become an ordained deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church by beginning the candidacy process
  • If a minor, have permission from parents or guardian
  • Have the support of a pastor or chaplain
  • Be willing to participate in the mandatory annual orientation/retreat program
  • Be between 17-29 years of age
  • Be able to verify academic ability (graduate minimum GPA 3.0; undergraduate minimum GPA 2.85)

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be accepted from January 3 – March 7, 2018.