The United Methodist Association of
Scholars in Christian Education


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The purpose of UMASCE is to provide an arena for scholars in Christian Education to engage in dialogue, consultation, research and advocacy in the field of Christian education.
UMASCE members work together through our research committee to identify new issues and topics. We work in tandem with general church boards and agencies to address topics of mutual concern. UMASCE helps members network and stay informed about individual research projects in process and encourages our working together. Significant dialogue between professors and general church staff occurs.

Officers for 2009-2011
President: Wanda Stahl
President-Elect and Consultation Design Chair: Susan Willhauck
Secretary: Debora Junker
Design Team Members:
Carol Krau and Bruce Roberts
Executive Secretary and Treasurer: Ben Marshall


Since 1976, UMASCE has held biennial consultations. We have learned that our work is enhanced as we take time to study, worship, dialogue and play together. The Executive committee and the Research and Development Committee work on our behalf between meetings. Families have always been welcome at our summer consultations.
An annual business meeting is held at our consultations and in years without a consultation, and as necessary at the meeting of the REA.
Our next Summer Consultation is set for July 30-August 2, 2011 at Fall Creek Falls State Park, near Pikeville, TN.


Those eligible for membership include:
Professors of CE teaching at United Methodist Colleges and seminaries
United Methodists teaching CE at other colleges and seminaries
Denominational board staff members involved in Christian education and appointed to work with UMASCE
Graduate United Methodist researchers in Christian education
UMASCE members in a retired status
United Methodist doctoral students in Christian education
Counterparts in other Methodist connections
Membership dues are $35 for regular membership, $17.50 for graduate students.
To join fill out the form in this brochure and mail with you check, made out to UMASCE, to Ben Marshall, 4225 Bluffview Blvd. Dallas, TX 75205.
Communicating With Us
UMASC maintains a web site at on which you will find basic information about UMASCE , upcoming events, and resources. For information by email write to Ben Marshall at

Where We Came From and Who We Are

It all began with a 1974 Consultation on Local Church Education called and funded by the Division of Education of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, Section on Local Church and by the Curricu-lum Resources Committee. The Consultation called together college and seminary professors of Christian education and members of the general church bodies who established the gathering.

The same group came together again in 1976 and continued to work on tasks ofmutual concern. UMAPCE, the United Methodist Association of Professors of Christian Education, was officially formed in Philadelphia in conjunction with the 1976 meeting of the Association of Professors of Religious Education. “Professors” was changed to “Scholars” in 1992 to better reflect who we have become: professors, researchers serving in non-school settings, and board and agency staff concerned with educational ministry.

UMASCE is an affiliate organization ofthe General Board of Discipleship, assigned to the Discipleship Ministries Unit. Our organization is also represented on the Curriculum Resources Committee.

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