The ballot to be presented to the 2019 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been released. Topping the ballot are two nominees for moderator-elect: Joe A. Detrick and David Sollenberger. Other offices to be filled by election are positions on the Program and Arrangements Committee, the Mission and Ministry Board, and the boards of Bethany Seminary, Brethren Benefit Trust, and On Earth Peace. Elections will be held during the Conference on July 3-7 in Greensboro, N.C.
Joe A. Detrick of Seven Valleys, Pa., is an ordained minister and a retired district executive who recently served as interim director for the Office of Ministry. He was district executive minister in Southern Pennsylvania District for 13 years, 1998-2011, and interim district executive for Pacific Southwest District for a year, 2014-2015. He has served two pastorates, in Indiana and in Pennsylvania, totaling 16 years of pastoral ministry. From 1983-88 he was on the denominational staff as coordinator of orientation for Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS).
David Sollenberger of Annville, Pa., is a videographer who has documented decades of conferences of the denomination, including Annual Conference and National Youth Conference, where he has been a speaker, and is known at National Older Adult Conference for the humorous NOAC News. He has produced numerous documentaries about Church of the Brethren ministries and history, has traveled to missions and sisters churches in Nigeria and South Sudan among others. He has served on the former General Board and on the Vision Interpretation and Implementation Committee for the Church of the Brethren Vision Statement 2012-2020.
Following are nominees for other positions to be filled by election in 2019, listed by position:
Program and Arrangements Committee
Carol Hipps Elmore of Salem, Va.
Seth Hendricks of North Manchester, Ind.
Mission and Ministry Board
Jess Hoffert of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
J. Roger Schrock of McPherson, Kan.
Lauren Seganos Cohen of Pasadena, Calif.
Don Morrison of Nampa, Idaho
Bethany Seminary board of trustees
Representing the Brethren colleges
Kurt DeGoede of Mount Joy, Pa.
Monica Rice of McPherson, Kan.
Brethren Benefit Trust board of directors
Skill set: investment skills
Audrey Myer of Elizabethtown, Pa.
Derrick Petry of Beavercreek, Ohio
On Earth Peace board
Catherine K. Carson of Fairfax, Va.
Carla L. Gillespie of Tipp City, Ohio
For more information about Annual Conference, go to www.brethren.org/ac .