Lay Ministry

Lay ministry is at the core of every church. There is plenty of work to do. Every job is important and every job is a personal ministry. From teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, helping in the nursery and preparing food for church receptions, to serving as liturgists, on committees, (doing) evangelism, leading Bible studies, ushering, caring for church property, handling the church’s money and the hundred other jobs that we do, the laity serve God in big and small ways. Lay Servant ministries (or Christ Servant Ministries in the Eastern PA Conference) revolve around three broad categories that combine words with deeds to serve the church and the community: Caring, Leading and Communicating. We must have laity who show compassion to all, who are trained to lead and eager to learn, and who can express their faith in Christ in meaningful ways through words and deeds.

Partially adapted from a description by Bill Knobles, Certified Lay Minister, Florida Conference, UMC (

Lay Ministry Contacts

Dave Koch, Conference Lay Leader

David Koch
Conference Lay Leader

Suzette James
Associate Conference Lay Leader

Nov. 2: Laity Fall Rally and Assembly

Calling on the North, South East and West Districts. The Conference Board of Laity invites one and all to Come out for the Lay Fall Rally and Assembly: Having a 2020 Vision for Discipleship!

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10:00– 2:00 (location to be announced)

Each District Lay Leader is invited to bring a team of Lay Ministers and Christ Servants–Missioners, Worship Leaders, Youth Ministers, Prayer Warriors, Praise Teams, Musicians, Dancers, Crafters, Artisans, Culinary Teams, Members and Friends–to commune within the connection, putting on full display their work of kingdom building!

Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, “Give them up,” and to the south, “Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth — Isaiah 43:5-6 (NRSV)

Interested in becoming a Certified Lay Minister?

Register now for an Orientation/Admission Session for the Certified Lay Ministry Class of 2020, which begins in April 2020. All prospective candidates must attend one of the Orientation/Admission sessions, which are held from September to December at locations in the four districts of the Eastern PA Conference. To register see the Orientation/Admission sessions schedule, and contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator at, 610-442-3140 or by e-mail at . Learn more about Certified Lay Ministers on the     website

District Lay Leaders
  • Ms. Patricia Wilson (North)
  • Rob Ensinger (North)
  • Deb Forney (North)
  • Mrs. Susan Grimm Mattox (West)
  • Mr. Lee Smedley (West)
  • Mr. William P. Thompson (South)
  • Mr. John J. Paylor (South)
  • Jennifer Lafferty (South)
  • Mrs. Karen Fisher (East)

Christ Servant Ministries

Christ Servant Ministries programs are available to United Methodists in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and provide opportunities that promote serving, training, and recognition of laity who lead, speak, and care about others.

Certified Lay Ministry

Certified Lay Ministers (CLMs) serve in local churches providing assistance to pastors. Sometimes, they are assigned by a district superintendent to provide pastoral leadership in small congregations. The idea of laity serving as lay preachers, exhorters, and class leaders goes back to the early day of Methodism. CLMs preach the Word, provide care for the congregation, assist in program leadership, and serve as witnesses in the community to further the growth and mission. They are usually a part of a ministry team with the supervision and support of a clergy person.

For further information, contact: Judy Ehninger, Coordinator CLM Program, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference  or 610-965-2209

Learn more about Christ Servant Minstry and Certified Lay Ministry in our Conference at the Eastern PA Christ Servant Ministries Website.

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