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Racial/Ethnic Clergywomen

Back row, left to right: Julienne Judd, Vice-President, Native American UM Clergywomen; Christine Eastwood, Native American UM Clergywomen; Sunghee Park, past President, UM Association of Korean American Clergywomen; Anna Mulford, Vice-President, UM Association of Korean American Clergywomen; Marjorie Burns, Treasurer, Black UM Clergywomen; and Nizzi Digan-Santos, President, Asian American Pacific Islanders Clergywomen Front row, left to right: Lyssette Perez, President, Hispanic / Latina UM Clergywomen; HiRho Park, Director, Continuing Formation for Ministry, GBHEM; Mary Ann Moman, Associate General Secretary, GBHEM; Ouida Lee, President, Black UM Clergywomen; and Motoe Yamada, Vice-President, Asian American Pacific Islanders Clergywomen



The United Methodist Racial – Ethnic Clergywomen’s Alliance was formed in January 2008 as a result of the historic gathering of United Methodist Racial – Ethnic Clergywomen’s Consultation. Five United Methodist racial – ethnic associations were formed: Asian – American / Pacific Islanders; Black; Native American; Hispanic / Latina and Korean – American.

RECA Covenant

As UM racial-ethnic clergywomen, we celebrate our beauty and diversity. We gain strength from each other’s journeys and stories empowered by the love of Jesus Christ. We strive to make a way for all UM racial-ethnic clergy sisters to have a voice through this alliance.


UM racial ethnic clergywomen connected in mind and spirit to empower leadership, address the diversified needs, and to advocate justice for all ethnic groups.


  • Share collaboratively our expertise in ministry in partnership with all racial-ethnic clergywomen associations
  • Seek to advocate for each other to assure representation in all levels of the church.
  • Identify and develop racial-ethnic women as leaders and mentors
  • Nurture younger generations
  • Be the voice for all RE women
  • Being a bridge among racial-ethnic communities
  • Share our stories
  • Seek justice

Racial-Ethnic Clergywomen's Associations

Black United Methodist Clergywomen

The Rev. Telley Gadson, President
Tel: 803-968-4433
Web site:

Black Clergywomen of The United Methodist Church is an organization of clergywomen of African descent who serve in ministry at various levels of The United Methodist Church. Our mission is to be faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We commit our lives, our gifts, and our service to move The United Methodist Church toward authentic, inclusive ministry.

Hispanic / Latina United Methodist Clergywomen

The Rev. Dr. Cristian De La Rosa
Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice, and Director of  Contextual Education and Community Partnerships
Boston University School of Theology
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-3058

Native American United Methodist Clergywomen

The Rev. Anita Phillips, director

United Methodist Association of Korean American Clergywomen

Rev. Dr. Sunny Ahn
Tel:  630-501-8130

Asian-American and Pacific Islanders Clergywomen

Rev. Ingrid Wang
Bethel UMC
16101 Swanson Rd.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
(301) 806-4292 
Web site:


Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we equip & empower Asian American & Pacific Islander women as disciples of Jesus Christ and transformational leaders of the United Methodist Church and the world.


  • Develop Christian leaders to grow disciples of Jesus Christ
  • Advocate for justice and peace
  • Celebrate diversity and embrace unity
  • Strengthen networking

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