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?


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 Leadership Team 2022


Michelle Hairston


Vice President




Jan Kerins

252-717-8877 • kerins@suddenlink.net



Judy Murad

252-756-3761 • judy.murad@gmail.com


Spiritual Growth

June Parker



Becky Brittle

321-0858 • becky.brittle@yahoo.com



Ginny Wuersig



Social Action




Lynn Gammell

252-714-8342 • lynngammell@gmail.com


Program Resources

Debbie Austin

252-531-4763 • austinde@ecu.edu


Women in Missions Coordinator


Circle Meeting Schedule

Circle Susanna

1st Monday of each month
Noon – Fellowship Hall
(Bring your own lunch)


Contact: Jan Lamson 252-717-4404



Circle #2

1st Tuesday of every month
Noon – Fellowship Hall
(Bring your own lunch)


Contact: Barbara Ayers-Best 252-531-5001 or Anita Ewing 607-857-5186+



Circle #3

1st Sunday of every month
6:00 PM – Retreat House


Contact: Katie Schwartz  919-423-3052

Circle #4

2nd Monday of every month

Noon – Fellowship Hall


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