The Crisis of Younger Clergy in the UMC: Young Clergy and Candidates Speak Out

Clergy Age Trends in the UMC: 2005-2020 reports that the number of elders age 35 and under has fallen nearly to the record low recorded 15 years ago, erasing a decade of progress. This video features a panel discussion where young clergy and candidates explore the motivations, challenges, and needs of younger people pursuing a call to ministry.


Andrew Davis is a newly ordained elder in full-connection in the California-Nevada Conference of the UMC. Andrew is a 2016 Wesley M.Div. graduate currently serving Community UMC in Quincy, California

Eun Jin “Jinny” Kim is an M.Div. student at Wesley preparing for ministry as an elder. She currently serves at Eden Korean UMC in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ivan Milosi is a 2019 Wesley M.Div. graduate commissioned as an elder. He currently serves at Lakin First UMC in Lakin, Kansas.

Haley Hamblin is an M.Div. student at Wesley preparing for ministry as a deacon. She currently serves at Capitol Hill UMC in Washington, DC.


F. Douglas Powe Jr. is director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and holds the James C. Logan Chair in Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

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