Mission and Ministry Board members
(terms conclude at Annual Conference each year)
Carl Fike, chair (2023)
Colin Scott, chair-elect (2025)
Michaela Alphonse (2027)
Lauren Seganos Cohen (2024)
Barbara Daté (2026)
Joel Gibbel (2027)
Heather Gentry Hartwell (2024)
John Hoffman (2025)
Josiah Ludwick (2025)
Kathy Mack (2025)
Meghan Horne Mauldin (2023)
Rosanna Eller McFadden (2027)
Karen Shively Neff (2026)
Joel Peña (2023)
Paul Schrock (2023)
Roger Schrock (2024)
Joanna Wave Willoughby (2026)
Tim McElwee, Moderator
Madalyn Metzger, Moderator-elect
David Steele, General Secretary
David Shumate, Secretary
Torin Eikler, District Executive, Northern Indiana District
Ex Officio members
Nevin Dulabaum, president, Brethren Benefit Trust
Jeff Carter, president, Bethany Theological Seminary
Marie Benner Rhoades & Matt Guynn (alternating), Co-interim Executives, On Earth Peace
- Mission and Ministry Board approves budget parameter for 2023, opens executive director position, continues work on strategic plan
Board met in Omaha, Neb., on Sunday, July 10, ahead of the 2022 Annual Conference. The board’s Executive Committee began meetings the previous day, on July 9.
- Today in Omaha – July 9, 2022
Today in Omaha - July 9, 2022. A brief review of the pre-Annual Conference events this year.
- Mission and Ministry Board receives year-end financial reporting
The 2021 year-end financial reporting to this Spring’s Mission and Ministry Board meeting covered the Church of the Brethren denomination’s Core Ministries and its self-funding ministries including Brethren Press, Material Resources, and the Conference Office. Special purpose funds, including the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF), which supports Brethren Disaster Ministries; the Global Food Initiative Fund, which supports the Global Food Initiative (GFI); and the Emerging Global Mission Fund were also reported on.
- Mission and Ministry Board’s Spring meeting addresses Ukraine, reviews Strategic Plan initiatives and BFIA guidelines, among other business
A statement on the war in Ukraine topped the agenda of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board at its meeting on March 11-13, held in person at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and via Zoom. Chair Carl Fike led the meeting, assisted by chair-elect Colin Scott and general secretary David Steele.
- Mission and Ministry Board issues statement on Ukraine, calls for time of concerted prayer and action for peacebuilding
The Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board issued a statement on Ukraine during its Spring meeting at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Board chair Carl Fike, who led the meeting, signed the statement with the unanimous consent of the members of the board.
- Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board holds Spring meeting
The Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board will meet March 11-13 at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., in person and via Zoom. Business will be led by chair Carl Fike, assisted by chair-elect Colin Scott and general secretary David Steele.
- Mission and Ministry Board approves 2022 budget for denominational ministries
At its fall meeting on Oct. 15-17, the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board approved a 2022 budget for denominational ministries. Among other actions, the board also moved the Brethren Press budget into the denomination’s Core Ministries, ending the publishing house’s status as a self-funding ministry. The board received a year-to-date financial update for 2021 and numerous reports from ministry areas, board committees, and church agencies.
- Mission and Ministry Board holds fall meeting this weekend
The Church of the Brethren’s Mission and Ministry Board holds its fall meeting this weekend as a hybrid event with the in-person events at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Executive Committee meetings and board member orientation begin Friday, Oct. 15. The full board meets Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday morning, Oct. 17.
- Conference affirms additional directors and trustees and other appointments
The Church of the Brethren Annual Conference affirmed board-elected and constituency-elected directors and trustees for the denomination’s Mission and Ministry Board and the Conference agencies Bethany Theological Seminary, On Earth Peace, and Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT). Also affirmed were district executive representatives to the denomination’s Leadership Team and the Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee.
- Mission and Ministry Board sets new priorities for denominational ministries
Among other business, the board spent a significant amount of time continuing its work to align denominational ministries with its new Strategic Plan. Other top agenda items included a 2022 budget parameter for Core Ministries, recommendations from a team “re-imagining” Brethren Press, and the calling of a new Executive Committee.