Five Rivers District of the Great Plains Conference
District Mission: To Cultivate Christian Discipleship and Support the Local Church

About Us

Five Rivers District is a geographical and administrative subdivision of the Great Plains Conference. The boundaries of the district have been determined by the Bishop after consultation with the district superintendents. A district consists of all the pastoral charges within it’s boundaries. Five Rivers District is currently under the supervision of Rev. Micki McCorkle.

Primary duties of this administration and office relate to overseeing and supporting the work of the local churches, including presiding at Charge or Church Conferences, and supervising the work of the pastors, including participation with the Bishop in the making of appointments. 

Five Rivers District Geographical Map

Contact Us

Marvé Ralston                                 Rev. Michelle (Micki) McCorkle
Administrative Assistant              Five Rivers and Parsons District Superintendent

Mailing Address Is:
Five Rivers District
PO Box 556
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0556
Physical address: Please call if you need to bring forms, etc. to the AA
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Phone: 785-841-4804
Fax: 785-841-4820
DS E-mail:
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These forms and documents are for the use of the local church. The files may be saved to your computer or printed for your use.
All forms needed for this years church conference are at this site

5R Youth



District office: 785-841-4804

Great Plains Youth Information:

 Health Waiver

Prayer Calendar

Five Rivers District Prayer Calendar 2023

Please remember to list in your bulletin and/or newsletter, and be in prayer for, the Five Rivers District Churches and pastors

Jan. 1     Bishop Wilson

Jan. 8      Cabinet making new Appointments

Jan 15     District Superintendent 5R/Parsons

Rev. Micki McCorkle

Jan.22     Gridley/Turkey Creek

Marcia Eaton

Jan.29     Iola Wesley

Jocelyn Tupper

Feb. 5        Lyndon/Vassar

Lauri Bowman Beach

Feb. 12    Louisburg

Shane Britt

                   Louisburg Associate

Ed Flener

Feb.19      Lawrence: First

Kay Scarbrough

                    Lawrence West Campus

Jeni Anderson

                    Wesley KU/Law. 1st

Susan Mercer

 Feb. 26    Wellsville/Clearfield

Kathy Symes
Mar. 5      Pleasanton/Prescott

Brennan Cummings   

Mar. 12    Parker/Beagle/Fontana

Bascom Ratliff             

Mar. 19    Michigan Valley

Butch Ritter

Mar. 26    Melvern/Quenemo

Alex Bruening               


April 2      Ottawa 1st/Richter

Jay Pi

April 9      Redfield

Mary Cole

April 16    Kincaid Selma/Welda

Bill Nelson

April 23    Mound City/Blue Mound

Bob Conway

April 30    Vinland



May 7      Camp Chippewa

James Rickner and Staff          

May 14    Overbrook

Dean Lashley               

May 21    Fort Scott 1st

Christopher Eshelman

May 28    LaCygne/New Lancaster

So Yeong Son


June 4     Lawrence: Central

Amy Seifert                  

June 11   Waverly

Emily Elliott                  

June 18   Moran/Bronson/Mildred

Tracy Smith                 

June 25   Union Chapel

Liza Perry


July   2    Edgerton/Eudora

Ross Baker

July   9    Burlington      

Joshua Johnson           

July   16   Centenary

Todd Seifert

July   23   Osawatomie/Lane

Hyun Ju Gil

July   30   Baker University Campus Ministry

Kevin Hopkins        


Aug. 6    Baldwin 1st/Ives Chapel 

Amanda Baker

Aug. 13  Colony

Dorothy Welch

Aug. 20  Wesley KU Campus Ministry

Susan Mercer               

Aug. 27  West Liberty

Jim Brackett 


Sept. 3   Ottawa Trinity

Ron Bell                                   

Sept. 10  Paola

Hyun Ju Gil

Sept. 1    Yates Center/Neosho Falls

Jimmy Yoo

Sept. 24   Humboldt/Big Creek

Blake Stanwood


Oct. 1    Williamsburg

David Ragland              

Oct. 8    Elsmore

Ralph Peters                

Oct. 15  Princeton/Richmond

Lenise Eddings            

Oct. 22  Garnett

David Shrum                

Oct. 29     Fulton/Mapleton

Connie Edgerton


Nov. 5      Hiattville/Uniontown

Carl Ellis

Nov. 12    Plum Creek

Jada Hodgson

Nov. 19    Lay Servant Ministry

Mary Brooks (5R Director)

Nov. 26     Disaster Response

Hollie Tapley


Dec. 3      Parsons District

Dec. 10     Treasurer/Director of Admn. Services
Scott Brewer  

Dec. 17     Congregational Excellence

Jeff Clinger

Dec. 24    Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministries 
Carl Ellis and Jada Hodgson


Jan. 1st                New Year’s Day

Jan.      16th         Martin Luther King Day

April  7th              Good Friday

May 29th              Memorial Day

June 19th             Juneteenth

July 4th                  Independence Day

Sept. 4th                Labor Day

Nov. 23-24th         Thanksgiving

Dec. 24-25th         Christmas

Additional events and people to pray for.

 Baker University Campus Ministry

Kevin Hopkins

Wesley KU Campus Ministry  

Susan Mercer

General Conference

Annual Conference

 Bishop Wilson and family


Five Rivers and Parsons District DS Rev. Micki McCorkle and family


Marve’ Ralston District Admn. Asst. and family


Five Rivers District Laity and Churches








Additional events and people to pray for:

Disaster Response Coordinator   ~   Hollie Tapley

General Conference:

Annual Conference

Bishop and Maye Saenz and family

District Superintendent Micki McCorkle and family

Admn. Asst. Marve’ Ralston and family

Five Rivers District Clergy and Laity

Local Church Records Archiving

Definitions and Guidelines

2008 Book of Discipline

  1. Every local church “shall accurately maintain a membership record for each baptized or professing member.” (¶230
  1. There shall be an “annual membership report and audit.” (¶231
  1. Every local church shall maintain permanent membership records. This includes “baptism, membership, marriage, and funeral records…” Theses records “are the property of the local church and cannot be sold. If the church is discontinued, these records are placed in care of the Conference Commission on Archives and History.” (¶233)
  1. Every local church is to be organized so that, among other things, adequate provision is made for “the proper   creation, maintenance, and disposition of documentary record material of the local church” (¶243)
  1. The charge conference recording secretary shall keep an accurate recording of the proceedings and shall be the custodian of all records and reports, and with the presiding officer, shall sign the minutes. A copy of the minutes shall be provided for the district superintendent, and a permanent copy shall be retained for church  files. (¶247.4)
  1. It is recommended that each local church elect a church historian. (¶247.5 a) There may also be a “local church  committee on records and history, chaired by the church historian…” (¶247.5 b)
  1. Records and historical materials include “all documents, minutes, journals, diaries, reports, letters, pamphlets, papers, manuscripts, maps, photographs, books, audiovisuals, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, or any  other documentary material, regardless of form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to any provisions of the Discipline in connection with the transaction of church business by any local church of the United Methodist Church or any of its constituent predecessors.” (¶247.5 a)
  1. Among other things, the responsibilities of the local church historian are: “to keep the historical records up to date;… provide an annual report on the care of church records and historical materials to the charge conference; and also provide, with the pastor and the committee on records and history, if any, for the preservation of all local churc  records and historical materials no longer in current use.” (¶247.5 a)
  1. “Each local church, as it creates or maintains computerized information and data, is strongly encouraged to confer with its annual conference for recommendations and guidelines as it relates to information technology.” (¶245)
  1. The “Responsibilities and Duties of Elders and Licensed Pastors” (¶340) include administering “the temporal  affairs of the church in their appointment. This specifically encompasses: “To care for all church records and local church financial obligations, and certify the accuracy of all financial, membership, and any other reports submitted  by the local church to the annual conference…” (¶340 2. c) (2) (f).

There is also information regarding general record retention at Use the search box and record retention to see a booklet of information including a local church records schedule.


Anything not being kept but with personal information and/or social security numbers on it should be shredded (preferably with a cross-cut shredder.)


If you have any questions regarding what needs to be kept you can contact Jenny at Baker University Archives which is where both Kansas East and Kansas West store most archived records. Call Jenny at 785-594-8380 or e-mail her at



Churches and Clergy in our District

Baldwin: First

704 8th Street
Baldwin City, KS  66006-0025


Rev. Amanda Baker

Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Sunday school:   

Worship Online: 9:30 a.m. at the below Facebook link.


Baldwin 1st UMC

Baldwin 1st UMC

Baldwin: Ives Chapel

1018 Miami St.

Baldwin City, KS 66006-4028


Pastor’s cell phone: 316-207-3740


Rev. Amanda Baker

Sunday worship: 11:00 a.m. 

Worship Online:
Ives Chapel UMC

Ives Chapel UMC



39101 Walthall Rd

Osawatomie, KS 66064-6158


Pastor Bascom Ratliff

Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m. for Parker/Beagle/Fontana to be held at Beagle in July

Worship Online:


Big Creek

22965 Lyon Rd

Chanute, KS 66720



Rev. Blake Stanwood

Sunday worship: 9:30 a.m.

Worship Online:

Big Creek UMC

Big Creek UMC

Blue Mound

416 E Kansas Ave

Blue Mound, KS 66056


Rev. Robert Conway

Blue Mound Sunday worship 11:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m. 

Worship Online: 
Blue Mound UMC

Blue Mound UMC


501 Charles St

Bronson, KS 66716



Pastor Tracy Smith 

Bronson Sunday worship: 8:30 a.m., Bronson Sunday school: 10:00 a.m.
Bronson UMC

Bronson UMC

207 South 6th
Burlington, KS  66839-1709
Rev. Joshua Johnson

Sunday worship: 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Sunday school: 9:15 a.m.

Worship Online:

Burlington UMC

597 E 2200 Rd.
Eudora, KS  66025-8104
785-883-2360 (C)



Rev. Kathy Symes

Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m.

Worship Online:

Worship Online:

Clearfield UMC

333  Maple St
Colony, KS  66015-7215


Pastor Dorothy Welch

Sunday worship: 9:30 a.m.

Colony UMC

300 East 4th Street
Edgerton, KS  66021-0034
Rev. Ross Baker

Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m.

Worship Online:

Edgerton UMC


106 W 4th St

Elsmore, KS 66732-4094

620-432-5138 (parsonage)

E-mail: none
Rev. Ralph Peters

Elsmore Sunday worship: 9:15 a.m.
Elsmore UMC

Elsmore UMC


2084 N 1300 RD

Eudora, KS 66025-0520

Rev. Ross Baker

Blended Worship 9:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m.

Worship Online: Eudora UMC

Eudora UMC

Eudora UMC


202 S Stephens St

Fontana, KS 66026-7846



Pastor: Bascom Ratliff

Sunday worship: Will be held at Beagle for the month of July, 10:00 a.m. 

Worship Online:
Fontana UMC

Fontana UMC

Fort Scott: First
301 S. National
Fort Scott, KS  66701-1313

Rev. Christopher Eshelman

Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m.

Worship Online;

Fort Scott: 1st UMC

Fort Scott: 1st UMC

301 West Osage
Fulton, KS  66738-3039

785-433-1307 (Connie’s home)


Pastor Connie Edgerton

Sunday worship 9:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m.

Worship Online: Fulton UMC
Fulton UMC

Fulton UMC

124 W 2nd Ave.
Garnett, KS  66032-0405

Pastor David Shrum

Garnett’s Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m., Sunday school: 9:15 a.m.

Worship: Online Garnett First United Methodist Church


517 Atherly St
Gridley, KS  66852-9284


Interim Pastor:  Rev. Marcia Eaton

Gridley’s Sunday worship 11:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m.
Gridley UMC

Gridley UMC 

422 130th St
Fort Scott, KS  66701-7754


Rev. Carl Ellis

Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m., Sunday school: 10:00 a.m.

Hiattville UMC

806 North Ninth
Humboldt, KS  66748-0056

Rev. Blake Stanwood
Humboldt Sunday worship 11:00 a.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m.

Worship Online: Humboldt-Big Creek UMC

Humboldt UMC


Iola: Wesley

The Foundry-Wesley

301 E Madison Ave

Iola, KS 66749-3423




Rev. Jocelyn Tupper

9:15 a.m. Joyful Praise

9:30 a.m. Worship

10:45 a.m. Sunday School

5:00 p.m. College at The Foundry – a meal, fellowship and praise

Online Worship:

Iola: Wesley UMC

Iola: Wesley UMC

The Foundry

Kincaid Selma

704 5th Street, PO Box 102

Kincaid, KS 66039


913-731-1059 (Pastor’s phone)



Pastor Bill Nelson

Kincaid Selma Sunday worship 9:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:15

Welda Sunday worship 11:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m.

Online Worship: Kincaid Selma Umc

Kincaid Selma UMC

4th & Chestnut
LaCygne, KS  66040-0293


Rev. So Yeong Son

LaCygne Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m., LaCygne Sunday school: 10:00 a.m.,

Online Worship:


LaCygne UMC


425 Oak St 

Lane, KS 66042-2156



Rev. Hyun Ju Gil

Lane Sunday worship 8:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m. 

Lane UMC

Lawrence: Centenary 
245 N. 4th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044-1522


Pastor Todd Seifert

Centenary Sunday worship: 11:00 a.m., Sunday school at Centenary 10:00 a.m.


Lawrence: Centenary UMC

Lawrence: Central

1501 Massachusetts
Lawrence, KS 66044-4253

Rev. Amy Seifert

Sunday worship: 10:45 a.m., Sunday school: 9:30 a.m.

Online Worship:

Lawrence: Central

Lawrence: First
946 Vermont
Lawrence, KS  66044-2832

Kay Scarbrough’s email is

Jennifer Anderson’s email is

Susan Mercer’s email is
Rev. Kay Scarbrough Senior Pastor
Pastor Jennifer Anderson West Campus Lead

Pastor Susan Mercer Associate

Sunday worship: Downtown – 9:30 a.m. Life (praise)

11:00 a.m. Sanctuary, (traditional)

West Campus at 867 Hwy 40, Sunday worship 9:00 a.m. (contemporary)


Online Worship:

FUMC Website

First Church Lawrence Ks YouTube Channel

Free Online Church First Church Page Link
Lawrence: 1st UMC

Lawrence: 1st UMC

Lawrence: 1st West Campus UMC


249 N. Metcalf
Louisburg, KS  66053

     Pastor’s email:

Pastor Shane Britt

Sunday worship: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Children’s Church (Sunday school) 10:30 a.m.

Online Worship: (click on the worship online tab) Louisburg UMC

Louisburg UMC

126 West 8th Street
Lyndon, KS  66451-0256

Pastor Lauri Beach

Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m., Adult Sunday school: 9:00 a.m.

Online Worship:  Lyndon UMC

Lyndon UMC


2489 95th St

Mapleton, KS 66754-9126


Pastor Connie Edgerton

Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday school: 10:00 a.m

Online Worship: Mapleton UMC

Mapleton UMC

620 NW Emporia
Melvern, KS 66510


Rev. Alex Bruening

Melvern Adult Sunday school: 9:30 a.m., Sunday worship 10:30 a.m.

Online Worship:

YouTube: Melvern and Quenemo UMC


Melvern UMC

Michigan Valley
21259 S Michigan Rd

Quenemo, KS 66528-8282


Rev. Butch Ritter

Sunday worship: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school: 10:45 a.m.


Michigan Valley UMC

West Virginia Rd & Hwy 59
Mildred, KS 66039
Pastor Tracy Smith
Mildred Sunday worship: 11.10 a.m.
Online Worship:  Mildred UMC

Mildred UMC


129 S Cedar St
Moran, KS  66755

Pastor Email:

Pastor Tracy Smith

Moran Sunday worship: 9:45 a.m. (Children’s Church during service), Moran Adult Sunday school: 8:45 a.m.

Moran UMC

Mound City
280 Main St
Mound City, KS  66056



Rev. Robert Conway

Mound City Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m., Mound City Sunday school: 10:15

Mound City UMC

Neosho Falls 

12th and Walnut

Neosho Falls, KS 66758

620-625-2266 (Yates Center office)


Pastor Jimmy Yoo

Neosho Falls Sunday worship: 11:00 a.m., Neosho Falls Sunday school 10:00 a.m.,

Neosho Falls UMC

New Lancaster

36665 New Lancaster Rd

Paola, KS 66071-7267



Rev. So Yeong Son

New Lancaster: Sunday school: 10:00 a.m., New Lancaster Sunday worship: 11:00 a.m. 

Online Worship:

New Lancaster UMC

504 Pacific
Osawatomie, KS 66064-1246
Phone 913-755-4774


Rev. Hyun Ju Gil

Osawatomie Sunday worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m.

Osawatomie UMC

Ottawa: First
203 East Fourth
Ottawa, KS 66067-2305


Rev. Jay Pi

Sunday worship: 10:30 AM, Sunday school: 9:00 AM

Online Worship:

audio service KOFO radio at 103.7 FM

Ottawa: First UMC

Ottawa: Trinity 
630 North Cedar
Ottawa, KS 66067-1802
785-242-1428 Church

Pastor’s cell: 405-246-6205
Rev. Ron Bell

Sunday worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday school 9:15 a.m.

Ottawa: Trinity UMC

1005 N. Maple
Overbrook, KS  66524-0129
Rev. Tarrel (Dean) Lashley

Sunday worship: 10:00 a.m., Sunday school: 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday Praise and Worship service: 6:00 p.m.

Online Worship:  Overbrook United Methodist Church

YouTube: OverbrookUMC (worship services)

Church Website: (gives directions to the above sources)

Overbrook UMC

209 South Silver
Paola, KS 66071-1661


Rev. Jee Sook Gil

Sunday worship: 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Sunday school: 9:15 a.m.

Online Worship:


Paola UMC


312 W Main St

Parker, KS 66072



Pastor Bascom Ratliff

Parker Sunday worship: 8:45 a.m. (Sunday school is for kids during worship)

Worship Online:

Parker UMC


751 Main

Pleasanton, KS 66075-0466


Pastor Brennan Cummings

Pleasanton: Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m.

Pleasanton UMC

Plum Creek

31900 Plum Creek Road

Paola, KS 66071

913-755-2225 (Jada’s home phone)

913-757-4510 (Jada’s office phone)


Pastor Jada Hodgson

Sunday worship: 10:45 a.m., Sunday school: 9:30 a.m.

Online Worship:

Plum Creek



256 W Main St

Prescott, KS 66767


Pastor Brennan Cummings

Prescott: Sunday worship 9:30 a.m., Sunday school 10:30 a.m. 

Prescott UMC


321 Prairie St

Princeton, KS 66078


Pastor Lenise Eddings

Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m.

Online Worship: Princeton, KS UMC

Princeton UMC


105 S 5th

mailing PO Box 144
Quenemo, KS 66528



Rev. Alex Bruening

Worship 9:00 a.m.


Quenemo UMC


312 N Cedar

Redfield, KS 66769


Pastor Susan Cole

Redfield Sunday worship: 9:30 a.m.

Redfield UMC


116 North Kallock

Richmond, KS 66080


Pastor Lenise Eddings


Sunday worship: 11:00 a.m., Sunday school: 9:45 a.m.

Online Worship: Richmond KS UMC

Richmond UMC


3158 Idaho Rd

Ottawa, KS 66067


Rev. Jay Pi

Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m., Sunday school: 8:15 a.m.

Richter UMC

Turkey Creek

1644 Hawk Rd

Yates Center, KS 66783-4410

Phone: 620-836-2641


Interim Pastor: Rev. Marcia Eaton

Turkey Creeks Suynday worship: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school: 10:30 a.m.

Turkey Creek UMC

107 5th Street
Uniontown, KS  66779-8072

E-mail: no e-mail

Rev. Carl Ellis

Uniontown Sunday school: 10:00 a.m., Uniontown Sunday worship: 11:00 a.m.

Uniontown UMC

Union Chapel

2300 Nebraska Rd

Ottawa, KS 66067


Lay Speaker Liza Perry

Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m.

Union Chapel UMC


23211 South Croco Rd

Vassar, KS 66543



Pastor Lauri Bowman Beach

Vassar Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m.


Vassar UMC


1724 N 692 RD

Baldwin City, Kansas 66006-7320

Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m., Sunday school: 9:30 a.m


Vinland UMC

407 W. 4th Street
Waverly, KS  66871-0367


Pastor Emily Elliott

Waverly Sunday worship:  10:00 a.m.

Online Worship:




22017 SW Smith

Welda, KS 66091



Pastor Bill Nelson

Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m., Sunday school: 10:00 a.m. 

Online Worship:  Welda Umc

Welda UMC

302 Locust
Wellsville, KS 66092-0458



Rev. Kathy Symes

Sunday worship: 10:45 a.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m.

Online Worship:


Wellsville UMC

West Liberty
2549 Valley Rd
Fort Scott, KS 66701-8100
Phone: 620-857-4849
Rev. James Brackett 
West Liberty  Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m., Sunday school 10:00 a.m. 

West Liberty UMC

Louisa Ave. & South Street
Williamsburg, KS 66095-0060
Rev. David Ragland


Sunday school: 9:30 a.m., Fellowship 11:30 a.m., Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m. 


Williamsburg UMC

Yates Center
307 South Grove
Yates Center, KS 66783-1541


Pastor Jimmy Yoo

Sunday worship: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school: 10:45 a.m.

Yates Center UMC

District Strategy Team

Five Rivers District Ministry Action Plan: 
District Lay Leader:
Mary Brooks, 1629 East 285th St, Lyndon, KS 66451-8826   785-549-3667
Mary Brooks, 1629 East 285th St., Lyndon, KS 66451-8826   785-549-3667
Emily Elliott, 422 Arkansas St, Lawrence, KS 66044   816-372-7169
Dean Lashley, 1001 Maple St, Overbrook, KS 66524   913-981-3474
Ex Officio:
     Rev. Micki McCorkle, 704 8th St, Baldwin City, KS 66006
Next Planned Meeting:
Name Church Attending Phone Phone cell E-mail Status
Barnes, Margaret Vinland 785-594-6408 913-522-4094 CLSpeaker
Bilyeu, Pam Lyndon 785-828-3760 785-817-3833 CLSpeaker
Booten, Cathy Richter 785-566-8801 785-214-9941 CLServant
Brooks, Mary Lyndon n/a 785-215-4023 CLSpeaker
Carothers, Kris LaCygne 913-757-3698 CLS
Davis, Chuck Edgerton 913-706-0758 913-893-6260 CLServant
Elder, Carolyn Ottawa 1st UMC 785-242-3791 785-418-7272 CLSpeaker
McSwain, David Lawrence 1st UMC 980-622-2809 n/a CLSpeaker
Mesh, Linda Louisburg 913-837-4584 573-729-1166 CLSpeaker
Ralston, Marve’ Baldwin 1st UMC 785-841-4804 785-760-3254 CLSpeaker


Start the Safe Gatherings Process

Conference and District Policies:
The Great Plains Annual Conference has three policies related to sexual ethics.

Sexual Ethics Policy for Church Professionals – This applies to persons serving in a ministerial role, including clergy regardless of status and regardless of the setting for ministry.

Sexual Ethics Policy for Lay Employees and Volunteers – This applies to lay employees and volunteers at the conference and district level.

Sexual Ethics Policy for Professing Members – This policy applies to laity who are professing members of the United Methodist Church in their relationship with clergy, regardless of the clergy’s status or ministry setting. This is a new policy adopted at the 2009 Annual Conference and updated by the Leadership Team on Oct. 3, 2009.

Report a breach in sexual ethics using our toll-free phone number: 877-771-7003

Safe Gatherings is a Biblically-based boundary awareness and abuse prevention program developed by the Kansas East and Kansas West conferences to certify volunteer workers, staff and clergy, enabling them to work with children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities in accordance with the policies of the conferences.

In 1996, the United Methodist General Conference adopted a resolution to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse int he church. The resolution outlines specific steps to be taken to protect vulnerable people. Local churches and conferences are directed to develop an ongoing education and training program and screening and safety procedures. The resolution was affirmed in 2004 and 2008.

The annual conferences adopted policies in accordance with this resolution for the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults. The annual conferences’ program applies to all conference and district events, as well as all local church events and activities. By completing this certification program, individuals are authorized to work with children, youth and developmentally disabled adults in any church-related setting.

Safe Gatherings replaces Kansas East’s Safe and Sacred Space program and will replace Kansas West’s Boundary Awareness program.

Beginning July 1, 2012, all persons in the Kansas East Conference who are renewing or completing first-time certification will complete their education and certification process online. Both conferences will use this new online system, which replaces the current face-to-face training for certification.

Start the Safe Gatherings process

Kansas West will begin using the system Sept. 1. Background checks, except for Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services, will be done electronically. The State of Kansas still requires an original signature, so a downloadable form will be provided for applicants to complete, sign and return to obtain the SRS background check.

Once registered with the online learning system, applicants have 30 days to complete the training process for certification. Training may be completed anytime, anywhere using the online system. Applicants may complete the training modules at their own pace and request reference letters electronically.

The cost is $30 for state and federal background checks. Applicants are responsible for making a secure online payment to cover the cost of their background check. Some local churches have opted to cover this expense for people associated with their congregation. If your local church is covering these expenses, that will be indicated as you complete the online application process.


CONTACT US at or 800-745-2350 for more information or with questions about the program.

Teaching Materials

SPRC Committee Training, a video a training event in 5R
SPRC Training
Below is a PowerPoint teaching tool from Rev. Watson that he used at a workshop at Annual Conference 2018.

United Methodist Men


United Methodist Men Purpose: To declare the centrality of Christ in every man’s life, to promote the spiritual growth of men through effective discipleship, and to model the servant leadership of Christ in our daily lives.

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women 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.


Five Rivers United Methodist Women Officers for 2023


Donna Grigsby, PO Box 661, Iola, KS 6674


Class of 2026

Vice-President:  Vacant


Dorothy Miller, 23723 NW Mitchell Rd., Garnett, KS 66032

(785) 448-3007,

Class of 2023


Donna Beebe, 1995 600 St, Colony, KS 66015


Class of 2026


Julie Ward, 701 Arkansas St, Lawrence, KS 66044

(785) 749-4605,
Class of 2024



Spiritual Growth:  Nancy Rockers, PO Box 37, Greeley, KS 66033, (785) 867-3933,                                                                                           Class of 2023


Social Action:  Rogene McPherson, 12921 Faucets Rd., Centerville, KS  66014, (913) 579-6379                                                                       Class of 2023


Education & Interpretation:  Position Vacant                                            Class of 2026


Membership, Nuture & Outreach:  Ruth Jansen, 741 S Tremont, Ottawa, KS  66067, (785) 241-9471,                                                                              Class of 2023


Program Resources:  Roberta Selvy, 601 W 14th St., Pleasanton, KS, (913) 352-8360,

(813) 789-8116,                                                               Class of 2023


Nominations Chair:   Position Vacant                                                            Class of 2026


Nominations Committee

      Position Vacant                                                                                                    Class of 2026

      Position Vacant                                                                                                    Class of 2026

      Position Vacant                                                                                                 Class of 2026



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Living Water Monthly Publication of the Five Rivers District

The Signal  Bi-Annual Publication of the Five Rivers District Women

Great Plains Conference UMW

General Board of Global Ministries


Five Rivers District
PO Box 556, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006-0556, United States
Phone: 785-841-4804
Fax: 785-841-4820