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Staff & Board


Our Staff

Rev. Matt Lacey, Executive Director. Matt began as the Executive Director June 1, 2017, but was on the Board of Directors since 2009. A graduate of Birmingham Southern College and Candler School of Theology, he is an ordained elder in the North Alabama Conference where he served as the Senior Pastor at Church of the Reconciler UMC and Woodlawn UMC in Birmingham, AL. Matt was also the Director of Missions and Advocacy, UMVIM Coordinator, and Secretary of Global Ministries for the North Alabama Conference. He is married to Rev. Katie Gilbert and they have one daughter, Harper.

Gray Miller, Assistant Director/Disaster Liaison. Gray is a graduate of Auburn University and joined the UMVIM staff in October, 2014. After graduation, she attended Asbury Theological Seminary to pursue her passion for missions. She graduated in 2011 with a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies. She then moved to Brazil, and for two years taught English, studied Portuguese, and served with a local ministry that worked with adolescents and their families in Rio de Janeiro. She has a heart for sharing the love of Christ with people, especially those who may not know Love. "I am so excited to be able to work with an organization that helps to build relationships with missionaries both nationally and internationally, and local churches and individuals who work together to show 'Christian love in action.'” 

Board of Directors

(L-R) Ms. Paulette West, Bishop Jonathan Holston, Mr. Carl Presley, Rev. Butch Huffman, Rev. Daphne Moses, Rev. David Newton, Rev. Melissa Smith, Mr. William Gross, Bishop James Swanson, Sr.

Executive Committee
President–Mr. William Gross, North Carolina Conference 
Vice President–Rev. Daphne Moses, Memphis Conference
Secretary–Rev. Alan Gantzhorn, Alabama-West Florida Conference
Treasurer–Mrs. Darian Bilski, North Georgia Conference
SEJ College of Bishops Representative–Bishop James Swanson, Sr., Mississippi Conference

Executive Committee Members at Large
National Coordinator, UMVIM Cuba–Mr. Aldo Gonzalez, Virginia Conference
Bishop Jonathan Holston, South Carolina Conference

Members of the Board
Administration Chair–Mr. Carl Presley, North Georgia Conference
Communications Chair–
Medical Chair–Ms. Jane Dunn, Florida Conference
New Generations Chair–Mr. Derrick Scott, Florida Conference
Development Chair–Rev. David Newton, Mississippi Conference
Member at Large-Icel Rodriguez, Florida Conference

Ex-Officio Members
Assistant General Secretary, Global Ministries Mission Volunteers–Ms. Una Jones
UMVIM, SEJ Executive Director–Rev. Matt Lacey


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