Welcome to the endorsement application portal for the Methodist churches belonging to the Pan-Methodist Commission. The member denominations include:

  • African Methodist Episcopal Church
    Bishop Frank M. Reid III, Endorsing Agent
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
    Dr. Vergel Lattimore, Endorsing Agent
    Dr. Elvin Sadler, Coordinator
  • African Union Methodist Protestant
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
    Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Endorsing Agent
    Rev. James Smith, Coordinator
  • Union American Methodist Episcopal Church
  • United Methodist Church
    Rev. Mitchell Lewis, Endorsing Agent
    Stephanie Sturdivant, Program Coordinator

The member denominations have committed to use a common application process for ecclesiastical endorsement. Once the application is submitted and complete, it will be forwarded to the respective denominational endorsing agent for approval. 

Ecclesiastical endorsement affirms that a member of the clergy is qualified and authorized to perform the full range of ministry required in a pluralistic setting beyond the local church. Endorsed clergy serve in settings such as the military, correctional institutions, health-care settings, retirement communities, children’s homes, counseling centers, workplace ministries, and other specialized ministries of pastoral care. 

There is an application fee to partially offset processing costs, to be paid by credit card online after the initial review of your application

Pan-Methodist Endorsement Applications

Only for Clergy Ordained or Licensed in One of the Member Denominations

  • Professional Chaplain or Pastoral Counselor (Military or Civilian): $50
  • Volunteer Chaplain: $20
  • Military Chaplain Candidate Program for Clergy in Training (Seminarians): $20

For more information about the available settings, click here

United Methodist Administered Programs 

The United Methodist Endorsing Agency is responsible for the administration of this site. For assistance or more information, contact UMEA by email at or call 615-340-7411. 

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