vocational discernment coordinator

The VDC coordinates the candidacy mentoring process in their annual conference. They coordinateimplement, and strengthen the candidacy process through recruitingtraining, and assigning mentors to new candidates…


  • Coordinating candidacy mentoring across the annual conference.
  • Being that one person who’s a consistent contact concerning the candidacy process.
  • Connecting dCOMs, BOMs, and district superintendents to make sure correct information is shared.
  • Ensuring the process remains a vocational discernment process and NOT “hoops to jump through”.
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Exploration creates sacred space for young adults, ages 18-26, to be in MEANINGFUL FELLOWSHIPPASSIONATE WORSHIPTHEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, and PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS as they discern whether God’s call on their life is to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church and what faithful steps they can take in response.

On Saturday of Exploration, we’ll spend all 3 workshop sessions talking about the work you’re doing, what trends you’ve noticed, what needs you discovered, and developing strategies for engaging young adults around call in meaningful ways. This conversation is for you (VDCs) and any leader working in a vocational discernment context (e.i., youth pastors, collegiate ministers, BOM reps, camp and retreat settings.)

Exploration Info

the coordinators

…because it’s not getting done by robots.

Dan Baughman

Alabama-West Florida

Michelle Moore

Vida Williams

John Wunderlich


Jeffrey Hall


Darin Arntson


Cathy Wilson


Chris Hayes

Christie Robbins

Deb Kjerstad

Dee Dee Azhikakath

Desert Southwest

Cindy Patterson

Jeffrey Raffuaf

Eastern Pennsylvania

Ashlee Alley Crawford

Larry Potts

Greater New Jersey

Brad Hyde

Katherine Crozier

Illinois-Great Rivers

Aleze Fulbright

Emily Krach

Matthew Leffler

Shannon Stringer

Lanette Plambeck

Lisa Steel

Katie McKay Simpson

Heidi Geib

Tommy Ward

Karen Hayden

Brian Clark

Tammy Jackson

Amie Stewart

North Carolina

Karen Kaglyama

North Georgia

Tonya Lawrence

Jill Jackson-Sears

North Texas

Caleb Hong

Northern Illinois

Richard Enns

Courtney McHill

Brian Shimer


Jan Bolerjack

Pacific Northwest

Joseph Cate

South Carolina

Megan Gray

South Carolina

Brad Fiscus

Deborah Proctor

Leland Carlson

Crystal Martin

Lindsey Baynham

Joanna Dietz

Suzanne Ellis

West Virginia

Bonnie MacDonald

West Virginia

Annalee Allen

Western North Carolina

Janet Lord

Western Pennsylvania

more vocational discernment resources

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