Our mission

The mission of the Ministerial Department is to make a meaningful contribution to the South Central Conference's vision by serving the pastoral field with love and excellence. We seek to develop pastoral leadership in five areas: Calling, Commitment, Community, Competence, and Courage.


How we serve

  • Support, collaborate, coach, and train ministerial directors and pastors
  • Provide relevant pastoral resources for the ministerial community
  • Conduct webinars and seminars to train the trainers
  • Provide evangelistic initiatives and evangelism tools for soul-winning
  • Conduct InMinistry classes in each Union for professional and educational growth
  • Conduct division-wide pastor research
  • Conduct Ministerial Spouses initiatives
  • Collaborate with A.U.Theological Seminary for continued field relationship and resources

Dr. Joe Grider


Office Ext: 129

Kennedy Luckett

Associate Director

Office Ext: 141


Dorian Melo

Associate Director

Office Ext: 124

Judith Edding

Departmental Secretary

Office Ext: 133

Ministerial Forms

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