Due to Annual Conference budget shortfalls, Jon Kobel will conclude his work with the Church of the Brethren as conference assistant on July 31. He has worked for the Church of the Brethren denomination for 21 years, serving at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill.
Kobel began his work with the denomination on June 21, 1999, as manager of the Office of the General Secretary. In that role, he assisted former general secretaries Stan Noffsinger and Judy Mills Reimer, and served as recorder of minutes for the denomination’s board. In recent years, since June 2009, he has been the conference assistant in the Annual Conference Office.
Kobel’s work for Annual Conference has included assisting committees and other groups that relate to the Conference, helping with logistics and being part of site visits at the different locations for the annual meeting of the Church of the Brethren, helping to schedule Conference events such as meal events and children’s activities, working onsite during each Annual Conference to assist director Chris Douglas, among many other tasks.
He is a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Elgin, where he directs the choir and leads the music during worship. He also is a licensed massage therapist.
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