Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty

North Alabama Conference Defines Relationship, Values, and Goals

The North Alabama Annual Conference (UMC) is part of the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty and is stepping up to engage every congregation in making an active difference in the lives of children in poverty.

We invite you and your congregation to join our Children’s Ministry’s efforts with the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty.

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Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, North Alabama Conference Campaign Liaison  -



To equip congregations to share in God’s mission by providing hope, compassion, justice, and radical hospitality to children who live in poverty.

Core Values:

The Triune God identifies with, defends, and welcomes “the orphans, widows, and sojourners” and calls us to participate in Jesus Christ’s reign of justice, generosity, compassion, and joy.

         We believe…

  • All persons are made in the image of God and redeemed in Jesus Christ and thereby have inherent worth, dignity, and potential to flourish as God’s beloved children.
  • The plight of children around the world and in North Alabama is a theological, spiritual, moral, and missional crisis for The United Methodist Church.
  • The mission of the church is to bring good news to the poor by being a visible sign, foretaste, and instrument of God’s compassion, justice, and radical hospitality.
  • Methodism began among God’s people who struggle because of poverty, and faithfulness to the Wesleyan heritage requires solidarity with those who live in poverty as a means of divine grace.
  • Ministry with the poor is an invitation to be transformed by the God who comes among us in those whom Jesus called “the least of these” and Charles Wesley called “Jesus’ bosom friends.”


  • To urge UMC and related Pan-Methodist congregations to reach out and minister with those in their community who are oppressed by poverty and by prevailing attitudes about the poor.
  • To provide resources which will help districts and local congregations in their ministry efforts.
  • To encourage partnerships among congregations and community agencies which support people struggling in poverty.
  • To advocate for changes in the systems that perpetuate poverty.
  • To host at least one  annual event to bring attention to children in poverty and to advocate for systemic change.


Our Goals:

  1. Monthly blog post providing ideas, inspiring stories from local congregations, and connecting with our larger Pan-Methodist Campaign around the globe.
  2. Build an North Alabama Conference Transformational Stories Bank of the many ways our churches are building relationships for transformation with their local schools.
  3. Celebrate Children’s Sabbath in all North Alabama Conference local churches during the month of October


Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty
North Alabama Conference Team Members*

Melissa Betts
Director of Children’s Ministry, Cullman FUMC
Central District

Sheila Freeman
Children’s Ministry, Gadsden FUMC
Mountain Lakes District

Rebecca Morris
VP External Affairs, United Methodist Children’s Home
Canterbury UMC Member
South Central District

Christy Noren-Hentz
Pastor, New Market UMC
Northeast District

Herb Robertson
Director of Pastoral Care at Children’s of Alabama
Cheaha District church member

Holly Woodall
Pastor of Lineville FUMC and Oak Grove UMC
Southeast District

Campaign Liaison for the North Alabama Conference:  Melissa Self Patrick
South Central District

*We are still seeking representatives from the NW, SW, and SE Districts.  Please contact Melissa Patrick if you are interested or would like to recommend someone. 


2018 Event

Celebration of Children’s Sabbath in October

Click here for information and resources. 


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