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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, Associate Director. 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.'” 

Billy Rainey, Communications/Development Director. Billy is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and joined the UMVIM staff in August, 2017. Billy graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Billy has been active in the United Methodist Church as an employee at the Ole Miss Wesley Foundation, an intern at Oxford-University UMC in Oxford, MS, a delegate on the Mississippi Conference’s Young Adult Delegation to South Korea, and as a Design Team member for SEJ’s Young People in Mission conference. He is passionate about doing his part in reflecting the Kingdom of God “on Earth as it is Heaven.” “It’s an honor to work for an organization that is focused on making much of the name of Christ through enabling his people to serve efficiently, effectively, and with great love.” 

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President–Mr. William Gross, North Carolina Conference 

Vice President–Rev. Alan Gantzhorn, Alabama-West Florida Conference

Secretary–Rev. Robert Craig, Memphis 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 (Interim)– Mr. Derrick Scott, Florida Conference

Medical Chair–Ms. Jane Dunn, Florida Conference

New Generations Chair–Mr. Derrick Scott, Florida Conference

Disaster Response Chair - Ms. Angela Overstreet, Tennessee Conference 

Development Chair (Interim)– Mr. Aldo Gonzales, Virginia 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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