Office of Ordained Ministry staff dedicated to discovering, developing and deploying clergy spiritual leaders

February 23, 2017

The North Alabama Conference Board of Ordained Ministry lives out the Conference mission to discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through its work of credentialing, training, and providing life-long learning opportunities for clergy in the North Alabama Conference.

The work of the Board is supported by dedicated staff members in the Office of Ordained Ministry. Over the last couple of years the faces in the office have changed, but their commitment and diligent work to develop and support clergy spiritual leaders remains constant.

Rev. Ron Schultz was appointed as Executive Director of Ordained Ministry in June 2015. Ron leads the work of Ordained Ministry with innovation and thoughtful leadership. He leads the Ordained Ministry Operational Team and serves as a member of the Extended Cabinet.  Contact Ron at

Rev. Dr. Sheri Ferguson serves as Ministry Health Coordinator. She is certified to administer, interpret and provide analysis for the MMPI and Emotional Intelligence testing for clergy candidates. She provides Pastoral Care Specialist training and conflict resolution training for congregations and clergy groups. She also is facilitating a clergy holistic health pilot group. Contact Sherri at

Mike O’Kelley is Administrative Assistant and Finance. Mike coordinates the administrative work of the Board of Ordained Ministry and pursues grants and gifts to expand the ministry of resourcing clergy. He also provides financial analysis, coaching, and training for both clergy and congregations. Mike also serves as the part-time Executive Director of The Gathering Place Church, a new, fast-growing, multi-campus United Methodist congregation in the Cheaha District.  Contact Mike at or 205-226-7970.

Laura Belding is the newest face in the office. She serves as Support Staff and Administration. Laura efficiently wears two hats as she also serves as the Administrative Assistant for Church Health. Prior to joining the Conference staff, Laura served as the Reservations Coordinator at Sumatanga. Contact Laura at or 205-226-7948.

Cindi Patsios, who served as the Administrative Assistant for Ordained Ministry for 18 years retired in the fall of 2016. Regina Ergle, who also served as part of the Ordained Ministry staff, has transitioned to a full-time focus with the Office of Superannuate Homes, which is administered by the United Methodist Foundation.

Rev. Schultz says, "The Board of Ordained Ministry has a long history of helping people answer God's call to ministry. As we lean into the future we are honored to serve the North Alabama Conference. This great staff is ready to work with you to answer questions and walk with you in answering God's call in your life. Give us a call! We Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders."

Laura Belding - Support Staff and Administration
Mike O'Kelley - Administrative Assistant and Finance
Rev. Dr. Sheri Ferguson - Ministry Health Coordinator
Rev. Ron Schultz - Executive Director
Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.