Andy Murray has been chosen as moderator-elect of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, in an election of new denominational leadership. He will serve as moderator-elect for next year’s Annual Conference, and as moderator for the 2016 Conference.
Murray is a member of Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon, Pa. He is a retired minister, chaplain, college professor and administrator. He was founding director of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College. His involvements in peace and conflict studies have included service on the United Nations/International Association of University Presidents’ Commission on Arms Control and Disarmament Education, service as director of the International Seminar on Arms Control and Disarmament, service on the UNESCO/IAUP Planning Team “The Role of Higher Education in Promoting a Culture of Peace” roundtable for UNESCO World Conference on High Education, and more.
However, Murray is best known to Brethren as a singer and songwriter who along with his wife Terry performs songs such as “Sister Anna Beauty Queen” and the National Youth Conference theme song “Goodbye Still Night.” Their album “Summertime Children” recently was re-released.
Other election results
Rhonda Pittman Gingrich of Minneapolis, Minn., was elected to the Annual Conference Program and Arrangements Committee.
Eric Bishop of Pomona, Calif., was chosen as a Bethany Theological Seminary trustee, colleges.
Carla Gillespie of Dayton, Ohio, was elected to the On Earth Peace board.
Dennis Kingery of Centennial, Colo., was elected to the Brethren Benefit Trust board.
David K. Shumate of Roanoke, Va., was elected to the Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee.
Agency appointments confirmed by Conference
A number of appointments to agency boards were confirmed by the Annual Conference. The appointments were made to the Church of the Brethren’s Mission and Ministry Board, and to the boards of Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Benefit Trust, and On Earth Peace.
Mission and Ministry Board:
Susan Liller of New Carlisle, Ohio, was elected by the board to a five-year term ending in 2019.
Bethany Theological Seminary Board of Trustees:
Brian T. Flory of Fort Wayne, Ind., was elected by the seminary’s Alumni/ae Association to a five-year term;
S. Philip Stover of Quinter, Kan., was elected by the board of trustees to a five-year term at-large; and
Lowell David Witkovsky of Huntingdon, Pa., was elected by the board of trustees to a five-year term at-large.
Brethren Benefit Trust Board:
Timothy A. McElwee of North Manchester, Ind., was elected by the Pension Plan members to a four-year term; and
Wayne T. Scott of Harrisburg, Pa., was elected by the board to a four-year term.
On Earth Peace Board:
Barbara Avent of Denver, Colo., was elected to fill an unexpired four-year term by the On Earth Peace constituents; and
Caitlin Rebecca Haynes of Baltimore, Md., was elected to a five-year term by the On Earth Peace constituents.