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United Methodist Women Announces Deaconess Mollie James-Vickery as New Operations Officer
NEW YORK —United Methodist Women today announced the promotion of United Methodist Deaconess Mollie James-Vickery of to the position of Operations Officer effective Dec. 1. Ms. James-Vickery joined United Methodist Women national staff in 2014, serving first as Executive for Children, Youth, and Family Advocacy and most recently as Director of Mobilization and Advocacy.
As Operations Officer, Ms. James-Vickery will be responsible for providing oversight of the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of United Methodist Women. She will supervise the national organization’s Operations Office, Human Resources and Facilities Management, Information Technology, Events Management, Communications, and Program Evaluation/Management, ensuring that each area functions consistent with United Methodist Women’s mission and the strategies and goals as outlined by its board of directors.
In her new position, Ms. James-Vickery will report directly to United Methodist Women’s CEO, work in close collaboration with its Treasurer/CFO and Transformation Officer, and serve on the national organization’s six-member Senior Leadership Team.
Ms. James-Vickery said she is inspired by United Methodist Women members and excited about the organization’s future.
“I’ve always been inspired by our members,” she said. “As a child, UMW members were leaders in my church and the community. Watching members persevere and carry the work forward over the last 18 months through the global COVID pandemic only serves as a reminder of their faith and their strength. I am excited to see how God will use UMW in the years to come on behalf of women, children, and youth and am excited about being a part of that future in a new way.”
Current Operations Officer Andris Salter will retire in December after serving the organization for 35 years.
Ms. James-Vickery has a track record of leadership in the denomination and non-profit service organizations. Prior to joining United Methodist Women’s National Office staff, Ms. James-Vickery served as Outreach Director at the Center for United Methodist Aid to the Community in Paterson, New Jersey. Before moving to Northern New Jersey, she served as Executive Director of Edwards Street Fellowship Center, a United Methodist Community Center and Food Pantry in South Mississippi.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s of Special Education from William Carey University. She was a teacher for more than 10 years, specializing in students with disabilities, work that she says still drives her passion for advocacy today.
Ms. James is a member of Hillsdale United Methodist Church in Hillsdale, NJ, and a lay member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.
She is married to Scott James-Vickery who is a Home Missioner serving as Executive for the Office of Deaconess, Home Missioner, and Home Missionary of the United Methodist Church, which is administered by United Methodist Women. Together they have five children and make their home in Hackensack, New Jersey.
United Methodist Women is the women’s mission organization within The United Methodist Church, focusing on the needs of women, children, and youth since 1869.
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