Church & Ministry

The Church and Ministry Division of the Southwest Association oversees ministerial standing, pastoral relations, professional standards, in-care students, the relationship of pastors to parishes and specialized ministry. One of its functions is to authorize pastoral ministry for the Association.

Church and Ministry Update – The Division on Church and Minsitry has adopted a new policy regarding ministers who request a transfer of their standing from another association into the SW Association. This is necessary when a congreation calls a new pastor from outside this area and the Division on Church and Ministry must grant him or her standing on behalf of the Association before that pastor can be formally installed as pastor. The significant change in the new policy is that the Assoication the person is coming from must forward any pertinent documents from the the minister’s file as well as a letter of transfer.

You can read the whole SWA Policy-for-Transferring-Standing-1

New Authorized Ministry Compensation Guidelines

Anti-racism Training Policy for Authorized Ministers
Here is the link to Rev. Thomson’s letter about the anti-racism policy.


Members of Church & Ministry Division

Coleman, Dr. Fred
Term end 2022

Term end 2022

Pleva, Rev. Rich
Term ends 2021

Smith, Lance 
Term ends 2021

Thomley, Zanya – Chair
Term ends 2021

Ceniceros, Rev. Lorraine
Staff Liaison

Van Overbeke, Rev. Bonnie
Term end 2020

Voight, Rev. Beth
Term end 2022


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