The Church of the Brethren has hired Debbie Eisenbise to fill a director-level position in Congregational Life Ministries, effective Jan. 15. The main focus of her work will be the National Older Adult Conference (NOAC).
Kim Ebersole’s position as director of Family and Older Adult Ministries will be part-time, effective Jan. 1. As she moves toward retirement, NOAC will be her primary focus until leadership is fully transitioned.
Gimbiya Kettering was promoted from coordinator of Intercultural Ministries to director of Intercultural Ministries, effective Jan. 1. This promotion recognizes the evolving depth and breadth of the position.
Eisenbise to work with NOAC
Debbie Eisenbise is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, has served as a pastor, and has worked on the staff of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) and Bethany Theological Seminary. She first became acquainted with the Church of the Brethren as a volunteer with BVS. From 1989-93 she was coordinator of orientation and recruitment for BVS. In 1993-96 she was a staff member at Bethany Seminary, working for the Admissions and Alumnae Relations Office as development associate.
In other service to the denomination, she has been a district youth advisor for Pacific Southwest District and a counselor at Camp Peaceful Pines in northern California. Over the years she has provided leadership for numerous workcamps, workshops, retreats, and other events.
Eisenbise holds a bachelor of arts in religion from Davidson (N.C.) College, and a master of divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif., and has completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. She also has studied spiritual direction.