PAUMCS Approves Name Change

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Professional Association of Church Secretaries Membership Approves Name Change


Nashville, TN – The Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) 35th annual conference was hosted by the Northern Illinois Annual Conference PAUMCS Chapter in Chicago, Illinois May 3-6, 2017.  At the meeting, the association membership voted to change the name of and adopt a new logo for the organization.  Beginning immediately, the organization is known as the Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure. The acronym, PAUMCS, remains the same.    

The annual meeting exposed attendees to speakers on diversity in ministry, radical hospitality, and office ergonomics.  Attendees participated in a mission-outreach event with Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), a faith-driven ministry welcoming immigrants into churches and communities.   

The organization, founded in 1982, is the professional association for those who work for local churches, annual conferences, general agencies and other related entities of The United Methodist Church in the role of administrative support.  The leadership of the group researched the use of the term “secretaries” in professional organizations and, after surveying the membership, determined the term should be replaced with phrasing that reflects the work of those who hold the positions.

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) assigns a staff person to work as liaison for the organization and assists with the administration of the group’s roles and responsibilities within the denomination.  Bishop Michael McKee, the President of the Board of GCFA said, “PAUMCS strives to support professionalism and personal development for its members. We are in full support of their work in designing the online certification portal and initiating the change in the organization’s name. We know that persons who work in this ministry are important to the full administrative function of the church or organization for which they work.” 

The membership elected a new slate of officers listed here with their annual conference affiliations: Gail Douglas-Boykin (New York), President; Rhonda Ramsey (West Michigan) Vice President; Mary Schramm (Baltimore-Washington), Secretary; Josie Hickom (North Georgia), Treasurer; Bev Amperse (Desert Southwest), Finance Chair; Lori Sluder (Holston), Communications Chair; Denise Wilson (North Georgia), Membership Secretary; and Barbara Buck (Missouri), Professional Training and Standards (PTS) Committee Chair. 

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Lori Sluder, PAUMCS Communications Chairperson, contributed to this press release.  

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