tammyTammy Kuntz Named New UMVIM-NCJ Coordinator

The North Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Volunteers in Mission board is honored to announce Tammy Kuntz will be our new coordinator.  She will begin part-time training in November and on January 1, 2017 will assume her role as NCJ VIM coordinator, succeeding Lorna Jost who is retiring after 13 years of service.

Kuntz is a provisional deacon appointed to the East Ohio Conference as the UMVIM Coordinator and to First UMC of Mansfield as mission interpreter. Currently a member of the UMVIM board for the North Central Jurisdiction, she previously served the Firelands District of East Ohio on the Mission Committee and as a Peace with Justice advocate.  She also served as a Youth Work Mission team leader.

Kuntz served the local church as UMW vice president, choir director, and youth leader. She is on the board of directors of United Christian Ministries at Kent State University, where she works as an assistant professor in Music Education. Her favorite mission sites include the Akron-Canton FoodBank, Midwest Mission Distribution Center, and the Manos Juntas Mission in Rio Bravo, Mexico.

Married to the Rev. Donald Kuntz, she has two adult children and four grandchildren.  Kuntz has a Doctor of Philosophy of Music Education.  Her call to Deacon ordination became evident through many types of mission journeys.

“As team leader, I encourage others to share in the joy of being in mission with our neighbors around the world,” she said.

We are thrilled to continue our assistance of teams who travel near and far being Christ’s hands and feet in a variety of mission experiences.   Please join us in welcoming Tammy Kuntz as the new NCJ VIM coordinator, effective January 1, 2017.   umvimncj.coor@gmail.com

UMVIM train the trainer – ERT                                                           August, 2015

UMVIM train the trainer – team leader                                               June, 2015

East Ohio Safe Sanctuaries                                                                   March, 2015

Red Cross Emotional Care                                                                           November, 2014

Red Cross Basic                                                                                                        November, 2014

UMVIM Early Response Team                                                             July, 2014

UMVIM Spiritual and Emotional Care                                                September, 2013

UMVIM Early Response Team                                                             August, 2013


BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP & OFFICES: (All General Church, Conference, District, present and past years)

North Central Jurisdiction UMVIM board member                                                         2013-current

East Ohio UMVIM coordinator                                                                                                 2012-current

United Christian Ministries at Kent State board member                                             2015-current

Firelands District Peace with Justice advocate                                                                                 2012-2016

Firelands District Mission Committee                                                                                   2015-2016

Midwest Mission Distribution Center board member                                                    2006-2012

North Coast District Mission Committee                                                                             2006-2011



Music Association for Music Educators                                                      1981-present

International Society for Music Education                                                 2012-present

Ohio Music Educators Association                                                              1981-present

National Education Association                                                                   1981-2005

Ohio Education Association                                                                         1985-2005

American Strings Teachers Association                                                     1991-2004

American Guild of English Handbell Ringers                                             1998-2004