The login page can be found at this address:  We recommend you bookmark this website for easy access. All users will receive an email invitation from to register their account for the first time. The email address associated with your account is your login. Should you forget which email address or your passwords, links are available on the login page to walk you through recovering that information.

This Registration Instruction Page (pdf) has easy to follow directions for registering your account and navigating the site. You may also email or if you have specific technical trouble. 

The United Methodist Candidate and Record Entry System (UMCARES) is a user based, automated and integrated web application for document submission and review, marking progress toward one or more stated goals. UMCARES was developed and is managed by GCFA. UMCARES Plus is a customizable extension which allows individual conferences to add their own tracks, expanding the system to other applications beyond certified candidacy.

 Within UMCARES, on the left menu panel, there is a section called “Available Resources.” Users will find materials there relevant to your role within the system. As training materials are developed, they will be added under your Available Resources and to this conference webpage.

All Users
Uploading a File Instruction Page (pdf)
Registration Insturction Page (pdf)

Candidates for ministry

Local Pastors

Candidacy Mentors

DCOM Registrars and Chairs
New User Wizard Instruction Page (pdf)

 District Superintendents


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The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100
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