Moderator's Forum

Historical Themes Impacting Today’s Church


Read the press release about the decision to postpone

Saturday, April 18, 2020
1 P.M. - 9 P.M.

Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
Elizabethtown College
400 Campus Rd
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Young Center

Hosted by Annual Conference Moderator Paul Mundey, the Moderator’s Forum will feature leading Brethren historians who will address a variety of historical themes impacting present-day congregations, districts, and national structures. Particular attention will be given to Brethren history, and themes relevant to the current reality of Brethren communions, with special emphasis on the Church of the Brethren.

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To request a paper brochure or registration form, please email

Space for the main sessions (other than worship) is limited to 150 participants, thus you are encouraged to register early.

The forum is open to both clergy and laity. Persons are encouraged to attend the full program. The registration cost is $30, which includes dinner. The evening worship, beginning with hymn singing at 7 p.m., is open to the public without cost or registration. For those attending the entire event onsite, point six (0.6) CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) are also available for an additional cost of $10.

This event will also be available via livestream for a registration fee of $15.


1:00–2:30 p.m.   Session One

2:30–2:45 p.m.  Break

2:45–4:15 p.m.  Session Two

4:15–4:30 p.m.  Break

4:30–5:30 p.m.   Session Three

5:30–5:45 p.m.  Break

5:45–7:00 p.m.  Dinner/Q+A Session with Moderator

7:00–7:30 p.m.  Hymn Singing*

7:30–9:00 p.m.  Worship/Message from Dennis Webb*

*The evening worship service will be held in Gibble Auditorium on the Elizabethtown College campus.

Paul Mundey

Paul Mundey is the Moderator of the Church of the Brethren. Paul earned an M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a D. Min. degree from Prince-ton Theological Seminary. During the academic year 2016-2017, Paul was a Visiting Scholar at Princeton. Prior to that appointment, Paul served for 20 years as Senior Pastor of the Frederick Church of the Brethren in Frederick, MD. From 1983-1996, Paul was a staff member for the national ministry of the Church of the Brethren, serving as Director of Evangelism and Congregational Growth and staff for Korean ministry.

Dennis Webb

Dennis Webb has served as the pastor of the Naperville (IL) Church of the Brethren since January 2002. He holds a Master of Arts degree focusing on multiculturalism from Bethany Theological Seminary. He has served on the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board, is currently a member of the Standing Committee of Annual Conference, and is a member of the Intercultural Ministries Advisory Council (IMAC). Dennis has spoken at numerous Church of the Brethren events, most recently as the concluding speaker at the National Older Adult Conference (NOAC).

Dennis will conclude our forum with a message focusing on God’s call as we face current church challenges, seeking to be faithful to our heritage and the Lordship of Christ.

Historians and Themes Addressed

Jeff Bach

Jeff Bach — Forbearance

Director, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies;
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Elizabethtown College, PA

In addition to serving as Young Center director, Jeff teaches courses on the history of Anabaptist and Pietist groups and communal societies. He is the author of Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Duke University and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren. He also serves as a board member of The Brethren Encyclopedia.

Bill Kostlevy

William Kostlevy — Compelling Vision

Director, Brethren Historical Library and Archives, Elgin, IL

Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Asbury College; a master’s degree in History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI; a Master of Theology from Bethany Theological Seminary; and a master’s degree and doctorate in History from the University of Notre Dame. He has been a fellow at the Young Center at Elizabethtown College, and was a member of the Church of the Brethren Historical Committee from 1997-2007.

Stephen Longenecker

Stephen Longenecker — Division

Edwin L. Turner Distinguished Professor of History, Bridgewater College, VA

Steve is a Brethren historian and author of The Brethren During the Age of World War, along with five other books on American religious history. He earned his Master’s from West Virginia University and his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University.

Carol Scheppard

Carol Scheppard — Accountability

Edwin L. Turner Distinguished Professor of History, Bridgewater College, VA

Carol holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a doctorate in religion from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Annual Conference Moderator for the Church of the Brethren in 2017. She also served as vice president and dean for academic affairs at Bridgewater College from 2007-2016, and served 10 years as a member of the board of trustees for Bethany Theological Seminary.

Dale Stoffer

Dale Stoffer — Nationalism

Emeritus Professor of Historical Theology, Ashland Theological Seminary, OH

Dale earned a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in historical theology from Fuller Seminary. He served as Professor of Historical Theology at Ashland from 1992-2017. He is the monographs editor for The Brethren Encyclopedia and the author of Background and Development of Brethren Doctrines 1650-2015.