united methodist women

Mission Statement: The mission of the Southern Hills United Methodist Women is to actively involve the women of Southern Hills United Methodist Church in a spirit-based fellowship of service and personal growth.

Purpose: The organized unit of the United Methodist Women (UMW) shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience a freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Join UsCome, be a part of The United Methodist Women and make a difference.  Our General UMW meetings are held the third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. from September – May.  For more information, please call the church office (405)-681-5515 or UMW President Darwina Marshall (405)-692-1841.

Vision & HistoryThe United Methodist Women are focused on turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world, equipping them for leadership, service and action through education. Today, there are more than 800,000 members in the United Methodist Women’s organization, the largest Christian women’s organization in the world!  On March 23, 1869, in Boston, eight women gathered at Tremont Street Methodist Episcopal Church to form the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society in response to a lack of women’s health care in India.  Isabella Thoburn and Clara Swain left for India in November of 1869 as the Society’s first missionaries. Today, we continue the legacy of these women organized for mission as United Methodist Women serving women, children and youth around the world and in our own hometowns.

MembersThe United Methodist Women are a community of women who are seeking spiritual growth within a creative faith based supportive community. Membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong and to participate in the global mission of the church through United Methodist Women. The United Methodist Women welcome all women who commit themselves to our Purpose.  We are a diverse group of women of many races, cultures, and languages, young and old.  There is no minimum age requirement, no membership fees, nor do you have to be a member of The United Methodist Church, to be a part of our organization.

Focus on Serving WomenWomen have been empowered by leadership education opportunities, mission education, the Reading Program, tools for advocacy and more. These opportunities equip women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, governments and churches. The United Methodist Women also support programs and projects aimed at improving the special needs of women because of their refugee status, their immigration status, situations in which they are abused, their high illiteracy rate in some countries, their economic dependence, their educational disparities, and much more.

Focus on Serving Children: United Methodist Women believe deeply in responding to Jesus’ mandate to “care for the least of these.”  Children often do not have a voice in this world, so United Methodist Women advocates on their behalf. United Methodist Women commits to children globally through community centers, educational opportunities for refugee children, homes for street children, advocacy against sexual exploitation and child labor.  We believe that if children are raised with safety, security, food, shelter, education, and basic human rights, these children will grow to be loving and secure adults.

Focus on Serving YouthA special emphasis of the organization has been to involve young women in all the ministries and leadership of United Methodist Women. We also work with youth organizations globally and locally with programs and projects that support and empower all youth, both boys and girls,

2016 Officers

The United Methodist Women welcome our new slate of officers for 2015 are:

  • President – Darwina Marshall
  • Vice President (Programs) – Marsha Stephenson
  • Vice President (Directory) – Lovie Floyd
  • Secretary – Ann Humpula
  • Treasurer – Linda Stempert


  • Membership, Nurture, Outreach Committee
    • Cathy Polzien, Judy Walker, Lynne Noran, Pam Rodgers, Mary Evans
  • Supportive Committee  
    • Marty Deal (chair), Carole Prigmore, Marsha Stephenson, Glenda Hibbitts, Lovie Floyd
  • Spiritual Growth Committee
    • Pearl Kirkham, Teresa Strawther, Carol Yates, Jessica Brooks, Caitlin Silver, Marissa Sockwell
  • Social Action Committee
    • Sharon Saulmon, Vivian Hogue, Cathy Lov
  • Projects Committee
    • Linda Stempert, Caitlin Silver, Cathy Polzien, and Sarah French
  • Receptions Committee
    • Marty Deal and Carole Prigmore
  • Kitchen Committee
    • Pam Rodgers and Linda Stempert
  • Program Resources – Carol Yates, Lynne Noran
  • Sunshine Person – Lynne Noran


Deborah:  Chairperson – Marsha Stephenson

Evening meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30

Project:  Carolyn Williams Center and Circle of Care


Esther Ruth:    Chairperson – Ann Humpula

Evening meetings are held the third Thursday of each Month at 6:00

Project:  JET Skyline and Circle of Care


Margaret Gaston:  Chairperson – Jeannie Deason

Daytime meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 9:30

Project:  YWCA Battered Women


Sarah:  Chairperson – Susan Kuzmic

Evening meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30

Project:  Carolyn Williams Center