Our Purpose

The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

What does it mean to be a member of UMW?

A member of UMW is any woman who commits herself to the PURPOSE and chooses to participate in prayer, giving, study, action and/or service. The organization celebrates a diverse and inclusive membership and welcomes all women who want to be members. We are a community of women who nurture and encourage one another in our spiritual growth and personal development. Over one million women have said yes to membership in UMW.

Why become a member of UMW?

Women join United Methodist Women to grow spiritually, educationally and intellectually; to be stimulated; to gain leadership experience; to meet other women; and to be involved in mission in a number of ways. Some examples are:

  • Spiritual growth studies and renewal
  • Mission education
  • Biblical and theological study
  • Women in Crisis programs
  • Child advocacy
  • Giving on behalf of persons in mission
  • Legislative affairs
  • Human rights issues
  • Combating racism
  • Reading Program

UMW is the group of women in each congregation organized for mission. Each local and district unit relates directly to district and conference organizations of UMW and to the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries.

St. James UMW Officers


Faye Armstrong

531-9845 • fayearmst@aol.com


Vice President




Jan Kerins

717-8877 • kerins@suddenlink.net



Judy Murad

756-3761 • judy.murad@gmail.com


Tammy Stephenson

439-0599 • stephnsont@ecu.edu


Spiritual Growth

Diane Wade

229-591-91924 • dwade0708@gmail.com


Becky Brittle

321-0858 • becky.brittle@yahoo.com



Judy Neufer

570-437-9046 • judith.neufer@gmail.com


Social Action

Judy Gray

756-0907 • jgray1105@suddenlink.net



Lynn Gammell

714-8342 • lynngammell@gmail.com


Program Resources

Debbie Austin

531-4763 • austinde@ecu.edu


Women in Missions Coordinator

Deborah Eaves

756-1042 • deborahevans46@gmail.com

Circle Meeting Schedule

Circle #1

Due to pandemic Circle #1 is sending notes, mailings, and phone calls


Contact: Jan Lamson 252-717-4404



Circle #2

1st Tuesday of every month via Zoom


Contact: Betty Fuqua 252-830-0894



Circle #3

1st Sunday of every month

via Zoom



Katie Schwartz  919-423-3052

Sarah Midgett 252-412-3182

Circle #4

1st Monday of every month

7 pm in the Parlor and via Zoom


Contact: Linda McLane 252-355-6538



Circle #5

Due to pandemic Circle #5 is sending notes, mailings, and phone calls



June Parker 252-341-9395

Gloria Manning 252-758-2214


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