School for Lay Ministry


               “I am the vine; you are the branches.”

The School for Lay Ministry of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is a three-year program to facilitate the growth of Iowa United Methodist Churches and their Christian ministry by providing an alternative, supplemental source of educated leadership to local congregations and communities.  

The School for Lay Ministry identifies, trains and nurtures lay persons who meet entrance criteria and who have the desire to serve in, through and beyond the church in various ministries.

The classes are offered yearly in Iowa; Cornell and at the Des Moines Site.


Cornell Classes (Mt. Vernon) are October 13-14, 2018

Downloads for Cornell including assignments, rosters, leaders and 
Extended Learning Opportunities

Des Moines Site Classes are November 17-18, 2018

Downloads for Des Moines Site SLM including assignments, rosters and leaders

Des Moines Site Hispanic Classes are November 17-18, 2018

Extended Learning Opportunities 

The SLM Commission offers four additional Extended Learning Opportunities at Cornell College. Classes are open to all clergy, laity or anyone interested. Take advantage of these opportunities. 


Name Role Phone
Barb Mann Registrar (all locations) 515.974.8905
John Rothlisberger Dean - Des Moines Site 319.310.1356
Nitza Dovenspike Associate Dean - Des Moines Site Hispanic Class 515-250-4175

Lynn Calvert 

Dean - Cornell