Whereas, Jesus’ lived example and most clear and consistent teaching commands Christians to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and 

Whereas, John Wesley urged United Methodist Christians to “do no harm, do all the good you can, and stay in love with God,” and   

Whereas, members of the National Association of Deaconesses and Home Missioners (NADHM) are mandated by calling, consecration, and covenant to alleviate suffering, eradicate causes of injustice and all that robs life of dignity and worth, facilitate the development of full human potential, and share in building global community through the church universal, and

Whereas, the Order of Deaconesses and Home Missioners are committed to a covenant community in which we support one another as we engage in ministries of love, justice, and service, and

Whereas, current United Methodist policies regarding human sexuality are harmful to members of our NADHM community, the global UMC, and all who observe our witness to the world, causing harm and suffering by robbing lives of dignity and worth through the denial of ministry, the limiting of development of full human potential and participation in the life and leadership of Christ’s church, thereby prohibiting the building of global community through the church universal, and

Whereas, the UM Book of Discipline also includes statements such as, “We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.” (p161.g) which more closely reflect the gospel message, and

Whereas, the Deaconess and Home Missioner community has historically taken bold actions to eradicate injustice and alleviate suffering, and wishes to lend leadership to our beloved United Methodist Church in such a time as this,  

Therefore, the NADHM chooses to affiliate with Reconciling Ministries Network and adopts the following statement of welcome and leadership. 

The National Association of Deaconesses and Home Missioners celebrates God’s intentional and beautifully diverse human family and welcomes into membership, full participation, and leadership persons of all ages, races, ethnicities, family structure, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, economic background, political affiliation, physical and/or mental ability, faith history, and life experience. As a community, we commit ourselves to relationships, professional and ministry standards, and public witness that model for our church and world the equality, justice, and unconditional love that Jesus modeled throughout the gospels.

Respectfully submitted by: 

Mandy Caruso-Yahne, Deaconess

Amanda Mountain, Deaconess

Robin Ridenour, Deaconess

Helen Ryde, Home Missioner

Cindy Johnson, Deaconess

Logan Alley, Deaconess

Laura Young, Deaconess

Rachel Harvey, Deaconess

Melissa Calvillo, Deaconess

Irene R. DeMaris, Deaconess

Matthew Morgan, Home Missioner

Darlene DiDomineck, Deaconess 

Kevin Nelson, Home Missioner 

Kathryn Mitchem, Deaconess 

Sandy Wickberg, Deaconess 

Mary Elllen Kris, Deaconess 

Stephanie Suggs, Deaconess 

Catherine Inserra, Deaconess 

Jane Murray, Deaconess 

Marjie Hrabe, Deaconess 

Diana Wood, Deaconess 

Julie Smith, Deaconess 

Jamie Lejeune, Deaconess 

Susan Silhan, Deaconess 

Rachel Patman, Deaconess 

Bev Reddick, Deaconess 

Marcia Florkey, Deaconess 

Melanie Dewey, Deaconess 

Liz Shadbolt, Deaconess 

Sophia Agtarap, Deaconess 

Shelly Owen, Deaconess


The National Association of Deaconesses and Home Missioners/Missionaries (NADHM) is a voluntary (dues paying), national association of Deaconesses, Home Missioners, and Home Missionaries of The United Methodist Church. NADHM is a community within the Order of DHM. 

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