Center for Clergy Excellence

The Calling begins with just a whisper from the Spirit and grows through seasons of sudden joys and losses, through patches of uncertainty and adversity, through worries and distractions, into fruitful fields of abundance. Through the collaborative efforts of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Bishop’s Office, the Center for Clergy Excellence seeks to provide encouragement for those responding to the Call to Licensed and Ordained Ministry at every step along the way. We encourage a healthy Culture of Call within the conference, provide support for those navigating the process of Ordination at the Provisional and Full Member exams and License to Preach School and coordinate Continuing Education Efforts.

The Rev. John W. Nupp was appointed as the first Director in 2016. He holds an M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary, and has served congregations throughout the Baltimore-Washington Conference since 1994.

Current ministry emphasis: License to Preach School.

Read more about the Center for Clergy Excellence and find ways to connect with other clergy through the monthly blog and newsletter.

The Sower - Connecting the called, appointed, commissioned and ordained

Farming with fighter pilots and fishing for sheep: The paradoxical portraits of MOSAICS in real life

May 27, 2017

My father left his family farm at 17 to join the Navy. When he was just six years old, his father had taken him to Akron airport to see Charles Lindbergh. Ever since he was hoisted up above the crowd that day, my dad had been trying to get...

Baptismal Breaths

May 20, 2017

I have been snorkeling exactly one time. My wife and I somehow escaped an ice storm that gripped the entire East coast and made our way to the Florida Keyes. The tour boat took us even further south, to a clear expanse where the horizon stretched...

Just as Jesus loves us, so we love; just as Jesus acts, so we are called to act

May 13, 2017

We give thanks for the beautiful bounty of life in nature – the birds that wake us in the morning or those furry friends who greet us when we come home from work. But not many of us rejoice at cleaning those car windows after the songbirds have...

Step by Step

May 06, 2017

The Appalachian Trail runs for 2200 miles, from Georgia to Maine. Only a small sliver of the AT cuts through our Annual Conference, just about 45 miles of trail winding through Harpers Ferry across the Potomac then heading along South Mountain...

Fling Wide the Portals

April 29, 2017

One of the many blessings of serving the people of Ward’s Chapel was worshipping with them in their historic sanctuary. Built stone upon stone from local quarries in the mid-1800s, the founding families deeply rooted in the early Methodist...

Circles of Light

April 22, 2017

What is the first thing you open every morning? The medicine cabinet? The refrigerator door? Your Bible? How about your eyes?