Lay Servants


Our Staff

Joyce Smith

Lay Leader

Cathy Harden

Church Administrator

Rosemary Atkinson

Food & Fellowship Coordinator

Gwendolyn Jones

Director of Congregational Engagement

co-laborers in the work of the church

certified lay servants

A certified lay servant is a professing member of a local church or charge, or a baptized participant of a recognized United Methodist collegiate ministry or other United Methodist ministry setting, who desires to serve the Church and who knows and is committed to Scripture and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church and who has received specific training to witness to the Christian faith through spoken communication, to lead within a church and community, and to provide caring ministry.

The certified lay servant serves the local church or charge (or beyond the local church or charge) in ways in which his or her witness, leadership, and service inspires others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. The certified lay servant, through continued study and training, should prepare to undertake one or more of the following functions, giving primary attention to service within the local church or charge, United Methodist collegiate ministry, or other United Methodist ministry setting:

  • Provide leadership, assistance, and support to the program emphases of the church or other United Methodist ministry.
  • Lead meetings for prayer, training, study, and discussion when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on Lay Servant Ministries.
  • Conduct, or assist in conducting, services of worship, preach the Word, or give addresses when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on Lay Servant Ministries.
  • Work with appropriate committees and teams which provide congregational and community leadership or foster caring ministries.
  • Assist in the distribution of the elements of Holy Communion upon request by a pastor.
  • Teach the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of The United Methodist Church.