Following the postponement of General Conference, the Trustees met and established a task force to craft a New Mexico Conference Disaffiliation Policy for churches that wish to leave The UMC. The task force included representation from every district, from clergy, cabinet, and laity, and included diversity in theological outlook. In March, the task force began the work of crafting a disaffiliation policy. It was reviewed and amended and then unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 24, 2022.

The Special Called Session - May 20, 2023

FAQ's on Disaffiliation

The NM Conference Disaffiliation Policy:

Additional Resources


  • ABQ DS, Rev. Craig Cockrell: email
  • Clovis DS, Rev. Ernie Vineyard: email
  • El Paso DS, Rev. Dr. Pam Rowley: email
  • Conference Benefits Officer, Anna Marshall: email
  • Treasurer, Griselda Sandoval: email
  • Trustees Chair, Josh Kouri: email
  • Board of Pension & Health Benefits Chair, Joe Whitley: email
  • Provost, Eddie Rivera: email

An Explanation of Pension Liabilities

A Word from Bishop Schnase Regarding Disaffiliation