When Chris Spencer went to Oakland, Calif. March 12, she was one of 23 nominees at the three-day Western Jurisdiction Quadrennial meeting for the position ofirector of the women's division of the general board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.he was a nominee of the Desert Southwest Conference, which includes Arizona and a portion of Nevada, and was one of four elected to the position representing the Western Jurisdiction.
She will serve a four-year term beginning in September.
Among speakers at the quadrennial meeting was former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who served in the Clinton administration.
Spencer said that there are five jurisdictions nationally, and 50 directors nationwide.
"We are very inclusive -- very concerned that we have ethnic representation for various ethnic groups and younger women."
"It has been my dream for 20 years to be a director of the Women's Division," Spencer said.It's like a dream come true. feel very, very honored to have been elected. have a passion for Methodist Women, and I will do my very best."
With a current budget of $18,488,679 -- the amount United Methodist Women members gave in undesignated giving in 2002 -- the Women's Division supports numerous Methodist institutions.hey are also involved in many social issues, such as women's rights and acting for peace, Spencer said.We are one million strong, and with all the financial offerings from one million women, we are able to support many missions and agencies nationally and internationally.
"My duties will be to represent other local women from my jurisdiction," she said.We will have two (annual) board meetings, every March and October in New York City, where we will make decisions regarding issues that concern the needs of women, children and youth.t various times, I may be called upon to assist in leadership training in other states."
The Spencers have lived in Payson for seven years, and formerly were residents of Alaska for 19 years.he is married to Tom Spencer.
"We have two grown sons and a dog, Freckles," she said.
Her husband was retired for six years and is currently employed by Boeing.He's working at the end of the Aleutian Islands in employee safety -- ground-based missile system," she said.He was always in the safety field," she added.He worked for the state of Alaska and for Alyeska Pipeline Co."
Spencer was born and reared in Storm Lake, Iowa and received her BA from Buena Vista College in that city.I taught every elementary grade in the states of Iowa, Georgia and Oregon," she said.
Her passion for mission is evident when asked about her past and present involvement in Methodist activities, which includes a host of positions in both Arizona and Alaska onocal, district and conference levels.he also has many local civic involvements, and, along with interests and hobbies, she leads a very active life.
A joint venture of the Spencers is that of local radio.hey operate 98.5 KCMA, Payson's low-power FM nonprofit radio station.