Our Staff

RatliffMichael Ratliff Associate General Secretary
Telephone: 615-340-7079
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7079
E-mail: mratliff@umcdiscipleship.org
Mike leads YPM staff working with all levels of church leadership and the Division on Ministries with Young People members to facilitate all aspects of our work globally.

 

 

 

Chris Wilterdink Director of Program Development - US 
Telephone: 615-340-7058
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7058
E-mail: cwilterdink@umcdiscipleship.org 

Chris is the Director of Program Development for Young People in the USA, meaning he manages our US-based staff, creates resources, and develops events for leaders. He also works to identify needs in young people's ministries for the denomination and seek to meet those needs.

"Married (beautiful) Kids (beautiful) Dog (overweight) A Colorado Native, I love the outdoors, learning, writing, and laughing with others. You may always offer to feed me: key lime pie, bananas foster, or tiramisu. That is hospitality!"

 

 

 

Mighty Rasing Director of Program Development - Central Conferences
Telephone: 615-340-1707
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 1707
E-mail: mrasing@umcdiscipleship.org

Mighty is the Young People's Ministries' Program Development Director - Central Conferences. The coolest part of his role is that he gets to work with awesome youth and young adult leaders, and adult workers around the world.

"I am husband to Charina, and Tatay (Filipino term for Daddy) to Malcolm. I'm new to Nashville, TN: I'm working on my hybrid Southern-Filipino accent. (Probably not making a lot of progress there.)"

 

 

 

Lee Ann  RiceLee Ann Rice Assistant to Associate General Secretary 
Telephone: 615-340-1723
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 1723
E-mail: lrice@umcdiscipleship.org
Lee Ann leads the administrative work of Young People's Ministries.

 

 

 

Kelsey TinkerKelsey Tinker Hannum Grants Administrator 
Telephone: 615-340-7184
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext 7184
E-mail: ktinker@umcdiscipleship.org

Kelsey handles the administrative side of our grants and scholarships -- things like receiving applications, sending payments, and collecting stories from supported projects. She also helps promote the Youth Service Fund and works to raise funds for YPM.

"I love cooking a creative meal with the hubby and goofing around with our two dogs. I'm always up for an adventure, whether is traveling, rock climbing, hiking--you name it! I also find great joy in singing with my church choir."
 

 

 

 

Diane Coppock Team Assistant  
Telephone: 615-340-7074
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7074
E-mail: dcoppock@umcdiscipleship.org
Diane enables the work of a number of our staff through administrative support for their work.

 

 

 

John Hodges-Batzka Program Assistant  
Telephone: 717-579-4493
E-mail: jhodges@umcdiscipleship.org 
John is the Program Assistant for Young People's Ministries. In this role, John has worked in many areas of communication with young people, including helping young adults share their faith through devotions, resourcing the church, and keeping in touch through social media.

John lives in Bellevue, Kentucky, with his wife Diana and dog Sophie. In his free time he enjoys walking his dog, running, and for some reason, rooting for the Detroit Lions.

 

 

 

Joel Richardson Associate Web Developer
Telephone: 615-340-7180
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7180
E-mail: jrichardson@umcdiscipleship.org

Joel directs the web presence for Young People's Ministries, including all official social media channels. Joel is responsible for building innovative media platforms and digital assets that reach global audiences. He oversees Young People’s Ministries' digital strategy, which includes the creative and technical aspects of large-scale events.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Joel is passionate about single-origin coffee, the latest Apple products, and supporting local musicians. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Allegra. They have a spoiled cat named Edgar and a crazy Labradoodle named Marco.

 

 

 

Julia Nusbaum Event Manager
Telephone: 615-340-1780
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 1780
E-mail: jnusbaum@umcdiscipleship.org
Julia is the Events Manager. She is in charge of logistics and programing details for Youth 19 and Global Young People's Convocation.

"In my spare time I am a freelance writer and blogger. When I'm not in front of my computer working I like to be outdoors as much as possible, read good books, bake, and eat."

 

 

 

Patrice Rullo Team Assistant - Central Conference
Telephone: 615-340-7190
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7190
E-mail: prullo@umcdiscipleship.org

"I am excited to support our team of leaders in the Central Conferences! Although I have never been to these regions, it is exciting to be a small part of what God is doing in Africa, Asia and Europe.

As a mother and wife, I am no stranger to multi-tasking and running from the soccer fields to color guard competitions to support my three, amazing children. If I have a spare minute, I love to read and also enjoy attempting Pinterest projects"

 

 

 

Rori Blakeney, Carl Gladstone, Abby Herrera, and Kelly Peterson provide support and resourcing for young people’s ministries in the jurisdictional regions of the United States.     

   

Rori Blakeney Southeastern Juridiction 
E-mail: rblakeney@umcdiscipleship.org

 

 

 

Carl Gladstone North Central & Northeast Jurisdictions 
E-mail: cgladstone@umcdiscipleship.org

Regional Staff - North Central and Northeastern Areas. Project lead with UMYOUTHMISSIONS, YPM Podcast and more.

"Life is one big dance party with my 2 year old JD and spouse, Dr. Anna! We live in Detroit, love parks with splash zones and try to eat pizza at least once a week."

 

 

 

Kelly PetersonKelly Peterson West Jurisdiction 
E-mail: kpeterson@umcdiscipleship.org

 

 

 

Abigail Parker Herrera

Abigail Parker Herrera South Central Jurisdiction 
E-mail: aparker@umcdiscipleship.org

Abigail connects and empowers young people in the South Central Jurisdiction. She works with young leaders, listens to stories, encourages, and helps people navigate the United Methodist Church.

"I live and work in Austin, TX so that means I sometimes eat tacos for all three meals of the day! It also means I get to go hiking and swimming a lot. My husband and I are both clergy in the UMC, appointed to different churches and we have three kids and two dogs--we stay busy in fun ways."

     

 

 

 

Armindo Mapoissa and Dale Cancio provide leadership, support, and resourcing for young people’s ministries in Africa and Asia.

 

Armindo Mapoissa Africa Representative 
E-mail: amapoissa@umcdiscipleship.org

Armindo is a YPM staffperson working with Youth and Young Adults in the Central Conferences of Africa.

 

 

 

Dale Cancio Philippines Representative 
E-mail: dcancio@umcdiscipleship.org