Preachers Are Announced for Annual Conference 2017, Nominations Are Sought for the Ballot

The preachers have been announced for the Church of the Brethren’s 2017 Annual Conference, which will be held Wednesday, June 28, through Sunday, July 2, in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Conference Office also is accepting nominations for all offices to be elected at next summer’s Annual Conference.

Nominations are currently accepted for all offices that will be on the ballot including Annual Conference moderator-elect, Annual Conference secretary, Annual Conference Program and Arrangements Committee member, Mission and Ministry Board members from Areas 1 and 2, Bethany Theological Seminary Board of Trustees members representing clergy and representing the Church of the Brethren-related colleges, Brethren Benefit Trust Board member, On Earth Peace Board member, Pastoral Compensation and Benefits member representing clergy, and representative to the World Council of Churches.

Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1. Find more information at


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Delegates vote at Annual Conference 2016. One of the jobs of the delegate body is to elect new leadership for the denomination, by voting on the ballot. Nominations are being accepted now.


2017 preachers

Annual Conference moderator Carol Scheppard will preach for the opening worship service of the 2017 Conference, on Wednesday evening, June 28.

On Thursday evening, June 29, the sermon will be brought by Jose Calleja Otero, district executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Puerto Rico District.

Friday evening’s preacher on June 30 will be Michaela Alphonse, who serves as a mission worker in Haiti with the Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service.

On Saturday evening, July 1, the message will be given by Donna Ritchey Martin, who is a pastor at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren in Myersville, Md.

The Sunday morning sermon on July 2, and the closing message of the Annual Conference, will be preached by Matthew Fike, pastor of Lebanon Church of the Brethren in Mount Sidney, Va.



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