Mission and Ministry Board

Mission and Ministry Board Vision, Mission, and Core Values

Mission and Ministry Board members
(terms conclude at Annual Conference each year)

Patrick Starkey, chair (2021)
Carl Fike, chair-elect (2023)
Lauren Seganos Cohen (2024)
Thomas Dowdy (2021)
Lois Grove (2021)
Heather Gentry Hartwell (2024)
Dava Hensley (2022)
John Hoffman (2025)
Paul Liepelt (2021)
Diane Mason (2021)
Vacant (2021)
Joel Peña (2023)
Paul Schrock (2023)
Roger Schrock (2024)
Colin Scott (2022)
Christina Singh (2022)
Carol Yeazell (2023)

Leadership team
Paul Mundey, moderator
David Sollenberger, moderator-elect
David Steele, general secretary
James Beckwith, secretary
Cindy Sanders, district executive/minister, Missouri and Arkansas District

Ex Officio members
Nevin Dulabaum, president, Brethren Benefit Trust
Jeff Carter, president, Bethany Theological Seminary
Bill Scheurer, executive director, On Earth Peace

Meeting dates

2020
October 16/17-19, Elgin, Ill.

2021
March 12/13-15, Elgin, Ill.
June 29/June 30-July 4 – Greensboro, N.C.*
October 15/16-18, Elgin, Ill.

2022
March 11/12-14, Elgin, Ill.
October 14/15-17, Elgin, Ill.
July 9/10-14, Omaha, Neb. (Annual Conference Sun.-Thurs. schedule)*
October 14/15-17, Elgin, Ill.

2023
March 10/11-13, Elgin, Ill.
Annual Conference meeting TBD*
October 20/21-23, Elgin, Ill.

2024
March 15/16-18, Elgin, Ill.
Annual Conference meeting TBD*
October 18/19-21, Elgin, Ill.

*July meeting dates are held in conjunction with Annual Conference. Conference scheduling may necessitate date adjustments.

Related News

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  • Southern Ohio/Kentucky District hosted Mission and Ministry Board meeting in mid-March

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  • Virus forces changes and/or cancellations of events at all levels of the denomination

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