Helms Named SEJ United Methodist Women President, Ester Named to Board

June 07, 2016
The 2016 meeting of the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) United Methodist Women was held June 1-3, 2016, in Charleston, South Carolina. The theme was, "A Fresh Wind Blowing." At this meeting, two Alabama-West Florida Conference members were elected to leadership positions. 

Mrs. Betty Helms of Dothan FUMC was elected to a four-year term as president of the SEJ UMW. Helms was the previous president of the Alabama-West Florida UMW and has also served as president of the Dothan District UMW. She has served on the conference CORE team and serves on the AWF Episcopacy Committee. 

As president of the Jurisdictional UMW, her primary role, along with the eight other officers that were elected, will be to plan and implement the 2020  Southeast Jurisdiction Quadrennial Meeting. She will also be on the PAG (Program Advisory Group) for the National Office of United Methodist Women. Helms expressed her appreciation by saying, "The Jurisdictional meeting is very important as this meeting is where we elect six directors and three alternates  from the SEJ for a four-year term and a new slate of Jurisdictional officers. In researching the women that have served from the AWF conference, I have not yet found anyone that has been the president before, so I feel so deeply honored to serve in this role."

Clara Ester of Toulminville-Warren Street UMC (Mobile District) was also elected to the UMW Board of Directors. She is a delegate to 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference and has also served in numerous district and conference roles. She is an active lay servant minister and a retired deaconess. 

We give thanks to God for these two women in leadership who wonderfully represent the Alabama-West Florida Conference.