The Association of Ministers with Disabilities
Since 1990, the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities has been a national caucus in The United Methodist Church. In 2009, the name was changed from Association of Physically Challenged Ministers to reflect a wider mission, encompassing all disabilities and both representative (clergy) and congregational (lay) ministry. In 2021, the organization broadened its outreach and became the Association of Ministers with Disabilities. It encourages and supports men and women who sense the call to ministry, who exhibit the gifts and graces for ministry, but also live with a disability.
“We welcome all who are interested in supporting the ongoing efforts and hopes of this caucus,” say Rev. Hank Jenkins and Rev. Jonathan Campbell, co-chairs of the AMD. They, along with previous chair Rev. Russell Ewell, recommend the book, Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities. It includes stories and suggestions of two dozen United Methodist Ordained and Lay Ministers who have experienced one or more disabilities. Find resources and membership information at the AMD website.