Office of Connectional Ministries
320-C Briarwood Drive
Jackson, MS 39206
Victoria White, Director of Connectional Ministries and Communications
Vickie has the role of connecting people and churches with each other and the greater connection of The United Methodist Church. We do that by overseeing and planning the Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference, UMCOR, UMVIM, the Mississippi Conference Board of Global Ministries, Discipleship Ministries and youth and family ministries among other things. In communications we seek ways to communicate the mission and vision of the Mississippi Conference to members of local churches. In addition, we resource local churches as they seek to be a witness for Jesus Christ in their communities and around the world.
Jasmine Haynes, Communications Specialist
Jasmine manages, edits and creates content for the conference’s mediums of communication. She provides guidance and training in effective communications for annual conference, district and local church leaders. She is responsible for message development and guiding the strategy of conference communications to consistently articulate the church’s mission.
Mike Howington, Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator
Mike is responsible for overseeing the vision and implementation of the youth and children's ministries of the conference. Serving as a resource to equip local churches in family ministry strategies, Mike leads training events focused on understanding next generational ministry. Mike coordinates major events like The Gathering, Beach Camp and FamJam.
James serves as the office coordinator for all areas in the office of communications and connectional ministries. Responsibilities include: annual conference planning, safe sanctuary background checks, charge conference forms, mission grants and meeting facilitation for a variety of groups like the Vital Congregations Committee, the Mississippi Conference Board of Global Ministries and ERT (Early Response Team) Training.
Mellie Thomas, Disaster Recovery Project Manager
Mellie leads the overall operational efforts of recovery. This involves oversight of services in the long-term recovery field through case management and construction supervision. The disaster recovery manager partners with the disaster response coordinator in the deployment of volunteers and resources.
The receptionist connects local church clergy and laity with conference resources made available through the connection. The connection includes the episcopal office, faith community formation, administry, spiritual leadership formation and communications and connectional ministries. Jackie extends a welcoming presence to callers and all who visit the conference office.
Ed provides videos, graphics and technical support to various personnel throughout the conference. Ed is a resource for communications with an emphasis in cinematography, video editing and graphic layout/design. Ed works hand-in-hand with the youth and family ministry coordinator in providing dynamic ministry events for youth and families in Mississippi.