About Us

DMC representatives at Assembly 2022 booth

DMC members at United Women of Faith 2022 Assembly. We participate in many denominational events. Left to right, Bishop Peggy Johnson,
Rev. Debbie Hills, Deaconess Lynn Swedberg,
Rev. Mimi Luebbers.

The Disability Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church (DMC) represents geographic US and Central Conference jurisdictions.  We provide resources on theology and disability, support, and advocacy. We equip churches, annual conferences, United Methodist boards and agencies, and volunteers.  

The DMC is excited to share with you who we are, what we do, where we’ve been, and how you can be in ministry with us. We are a ministry partner with The General Commission on Religion and Race and receive no direct apportioned funding from the General Church.

Who is the DMC?

Who makes up the DMC?

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Our History

The United Methodist National Task Force on Developmental Disabilities started in 1992. Reverend Kathy Reeves and the Health & Welfare unit of UMCOR responded to a request from Pat Cook of Leavenworth, Kansas.  Their goal was to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families were included and nurtured in the worship community.  

In 2009,  the committee expanded to include partnerships with people affected by all types of disabilities.  In 2012,  the UM General Conference voted to make it a standing committee.  The Committee was renamed “Disability Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church,” and was placed under the umbrella of the General Board of Global Ministries until 2018.  In 2019, Bishop Peggy Johnson represented the committee at the Council of Bishops. On January 1, 2020, the committee became a partner ministry with the General Commission on Religion and Race. 

How are we funded? Donations!

The Disability Ministries Committee does not receive apportioned funds through the United Methodist Church. We rely on gifts from general agencies, congregations, individuals, special offerings (Disability Awareness Sunday, Christmas, Easter, Mission of the Month, etc.) and others to continue this important work. 

We accept three options: the Advance, PayPal, or by check.

DMC Donation
Attn: Christina Yates/DMC
100 Maryland Ave NE Suite 315,
Washington, DC 20002

Your gifts make a difference to help churches become more accessible and inclusive by funding projects such as:

Thank you for supporting Disability Ministries!

What do we do?

The Committee is a ministry partner of the General Commission on Religion and Race and participates in the equity, vital conversations, and intercultural competency work.  Our mission includes:

How can I use the items on this DMC website?

Check back soon for detailed copyright and policy information.  Contact us for permission to use anything found on our website.