What is United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is a community of women who nurture and encourage one another in their spiritual growth, personal leadership and transformation. UMW on the move turning faith, hope and love into action.

United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual grown, developing leaders and advocating for justice.

The purpose of United Methodist Women is to:

  • To know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.

  • To develop a creative supportive fellowship.

  • To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

How to join UMW

We cordially invite all women of St. Paul UMC to share in Christian fellowship and meaningful outreach and service by participating in one of the UMW circle groups listed .


Connect with a UMW Circle



Thursday, Sept. 13

10:00 am

East Campus Youth Space

The program will showcase a video recorded at Chautauqua this summer featuring a conversation with three activists working in social/racial justice issues. 

The video presents a candid conversation around racial concerns, police brutality and white privilege. The three panelists include Shaun King, columnist, The Intercept; Tamika Mallory, national co-chair, Women’s March; and Edwin Lindo, attorney and social justice scholar.  Linda Schroeder and Nancy Wilson, both Chautauqua participants, will lead a discussion following the video.

Peace Circle Invitation

Peace Circle, founded in 2011, is composed of a diverse group of highly interesting women from a range of faith perspectives. The group typically reads and discusses book selections facilitated by a circle member.

Peace Circle meets the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 am September – June at the St. Paul United Methodist Church East Campus in the Youth Space. Snacks and coffee are always served.

For more information contact Nancy Wilson at 228-327-0183.



Koinonia Circle

Comprised mainly of career and retired women, this group meets for evening fellowship and study the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Judy Lytle (228-875-8739) for more information.

Esther Circle

Esther Circle is comprised mostly of working women. This circlemeets the first Monday night of each month at the East Campus (6716 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs). Contact Pamela Brown(228-872-0925) for more information.


UMW Reading Program

The Reading Program encourages members to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of member-reviewed books.  It offers an excellent opportunity to deepen your spirituality and to broaden you understanding of our mission work.  Read! Learn! Grow!

Connect with UMW

Use UMWonline, the official social network of United Methodist Women world wide, to meet members, start discussions and share ideas.  You can also join us on  and .

For more information on how to connect online:  CLICK HERE




Pamela Brown

Vice President
Jennifer Carlisle

Judy Lytle

Shirley Hadley

Connie Helmuth

Social Action
Mary Bayne

Spiritual Growth
Priscilla Taylor

Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson

Circle Representatives:

Pamela Brown

Judy Lytle

Nancy Wilson

ResponseKathy Fordemwalt