A networked system for processing queries for a server in a distributed processing environment is provided. The system includes a plurality of clients disposed for communication with a database server through an electronic mail system. The server includes an electronic mail interface for receiving queries submitted by the clients, and transmitting the corresponding response. A processor is also provided for processing the queries submitted from the clients, and submitting the queries on to the scheduler. The processor operates to provide bi-directional communication between the mail interface and the scheduler. In addition, the processor retrieves mail messages from the mail interface, translates them into a format recognized by the server, receives query results from the server, and returns the results with the appropriate user identification to the mail interface. A scheduler, provided in connection with the server, provides automated scheduled execution of the mail processor in accordance with a set of programmed tasks.