The Gateway Districts Office
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The Missouri Conference will relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers.

District Committee of Ordained Ministry



The District Committee of Ordained Ministry is responsible for assessing, assisting, and evaluating individuals for certified ministry candidacy to become an Elder, Deacon, or Licensed Local Pastor.

Elder – Elders are ordained United Methodist clergy who preach and teach the Word of God, provide pastoral care and counsel, administer the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion, and order the life of the church for service in mission in ministry.  They are itinerant (amenable to assignment and appointment by the bishop). They are members of the annual conference session, with the rights and responsibilities this entails.

Deacon – Deacons are ordained United Methodist clergy who lead the church in relating Christians to their ministries in the world through worship leadership, preaching, teaching, nurturing spiritual vitality and leading ministries of service, love, and justice. They may work primarily in congregations or they may work primarily in settings like hospitals, social-service agencies, mission agencies, schools, counseling centers, denominational agencies, and more.  Deacons are appointed by the Bishop, but seek their own appointment.  They are full members of the Annual Conference, with the rights and responsibilities this entails. 

Licensed Local Pastor – Local pastors are not ordained but are licensed to preach and conduct divine worship and perform the duties of a pastor (as listed above). They are appointed, but need not make themselves available as itinerant ministers. Local pastors may also serve in extension ministries settings. They are not elected into membership of the annual conference.

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Contact Information

While the candidacy process is similar for both districts, the Gateway Central and Gateway Regional Districts operate 2 separate dCOMs. Candidates should begin the process in the district in which their local church is located and must be a member in good standing in the UMC for a minimum of 1 year.


Gateway Central District

Gateway Regional District

Cheree Trent Mills


Mark Dumas


Angela Dennis


Becky Hoener


Rev. Londia Granger Wright

District Superintendent

Rev. Linda Harris

District Superintendent


MO Conference Local Pastor Registrar for COS:
     Jenny Gragg
     3601 Amron Ct.
     Columbia, MO 65202

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Gateway Districts Candidacy File Checklist

MO Conference Candidate Checklist - Local Pastor Track

MO Conference Candidate Checklist - Elder/Deacon Track

Certification Interview

Meeting with District Superintendent to discuss Call

Statement of Call ¶310.1.d

Highest Ideals Brochure

Candidacy Summit July 27-29, 2018 - Registration Not Open Yet

BOM Screening Packet and Waiver of Access

Biographical Information Report (Form 102)

Medical Report of Ministerial Candidate (Form 103)

Declaration of Candidacy & Charge Conference Recommendation (Form 104)

Disclosure Form (Form 114)

Written Work for Certification

Missouri Safe Sanctuaries Certification (Contact Tina Twenter to get online training set up)

Academic Progress Report (Transcripts)

Mentor's Report (Completed by Candidacy Mentor)


Annual Continuation Interview

Certified Candidate Continuation Questions

Local Pastor Continuation Questions

Academic Progress Report (Transcripts)

Mentor's Report (Completed by District Mentor/Liaison)

Commissioning Interview

Certified candidate for a minimum of one (1) year, maximum twelve (12) years

Seminary transcripts indicating completion of half of the studies of a Master’s Degree OR received a Master’s Degree in the area of specialized ministry in which you will serve 

Half (a minimum of 24  hours) of the Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) by time of Commissioning including: Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Church History, Mission of the Church in the World, Evangelism, Worship/Liturgy and UM Doctrine, Polity and History

Application for Clergy Relationship to the Annual Conference (Form 105)

Written Work for Commissioning

Mentor's Report (Completed by your District Mentor/Liaison)