Study Committees

Compelling Vision Process Team

Go to the Compelling Vision page for information.

Vitality and Viability Study Committee


Arising out of a query from the Mid-Atlantic District, the 2015 Annual Conference established a committee to address concerns raised regarding vitality and viability within congregations, districts, and the denomination as a whole, including but not limited to district structure. The following persons were chosen for the committee.

John Jantzi, chair
Weyers Cave, Virginia
Shenandoah District
Larry Dentler
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
Southern Pennsylvania District
Sonja Griffith
McPherson, Kansas
Western Plains District
Stan Dueck
Denver, Pennsylvania
Appointed by the general secretary

Vision of Ecumenism for the 21st Century Committee

2012 – 2018

This committee was appointed by the Mission and Ministry Board and the Leadership Team and called to write a Vision of Ecumenism for the 21st Century that builds upon our history and calls us into the future of the church of Christ as part of a community of communions.

Tim Speicher, convener
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Bidgood Enders, recorder
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Wanda Haynes
Seattle, Washington
Jennifer Hosler
Washington, DC
David Shumate
Roanoke, Virginia
Nancy Miner, support staff
Elgin, Illinois
David A. Steele, general secretary
Elgin, Illinois

Creation Care Committee


The committee was called in 2016 to work, in consultation with Brethren Benefit Trust and other relevant organizations, to develop ways to support and extend our knowledge of renewable energy production with our financial investments and involvement in community projects to reduce our contributions to greenhouse gas concentrations and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Sharon Yohn, chair
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Laura Del-Haro, recorder
Beatrice, Nebraska
Duane Deardorff
Durham, North Carolina

Program Feasibility Committee

The Program Feasibility Committee conducts a feasibility study whenever Annual Conference determines that an item of business includes an unfunded mandate. It studies the feasibility and costs that may be required of the board or the agencies and any other collateral impacts. The item of business is put on hold until this committee presents its report.

Bill Scheurer, On Earth Peace
Term ending 2021
Larry Dentler, Standing Committee
Term ending 2021
Nevin Dulabaum, Brethren Benefit Trust
Term ending 2020
Belita Mitchell (chair), Standing Committee
Term ending 2019
Jeff Carter, Bethany Theological Seminary
Term ending 2019
Brian Bultman, Church of the Brethren
Term ending 2018