Mission & History


The Volunteers in Mission (VIM) program is an ongoing ministry of the Northeastern Jurisdiction (NEJ). At the outset, NEJ VIM was coordinated by volunteers with Rev. Ken Jones as our leader in the 80’s and 90’s. In the late 1990’s, it became clear that a more formal organization be formed as Ken was ready to step down. It was time to investigate hiring a person to be the Northeastern Jurisdiction Coordinator.  A committee formed to interview those who desired to fill that position. 

Greg Forrester took that position in 1999 to become the NEJ UMVIM Coordinator. He implemented mission and outreach ministries in local, national and international settings. He engaged extensively in developing training materials for volunteers and early response teams. In 2001, NEJVIM became a corporation. Greg stepped down from the NEJ coordinator position when hired to lead the church's US disaster response efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) beginning May 1, 2013. 

The Rev Paul "Nick" Nicholas became the 

The NEJ VIM  Board of Directors is made up of dedicated and "mission passionate" people. Each conference VIM Coordinator is part of the board. The board is joined by persons willing to serve as the secretary and treasurer of the board.The board membership changes as conference VIM Coordinators change. VIM Coordinators work along side many volunteers in their respective conferences to share the mission stories, resources and educate others as how we must reach out into this hurting world with Christ’s love. One thing we do well is stay connected with each other and share information and teaming opportunities. A vision we all share is to keep this ministry alive and strong in our Northeastern Jurisdiction.