Because of financial difficulties in budgets for this year and next, including the significant drop in Brethren Press sales due to the pandemic, Steve Bickler and Margaret Drafall conclude their work with the Church of the Brethren on Aug. 28.
Bickler is the warehouse/shipping specialist for Brethren Press at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. He has worked for the denomination for more than 42 years, since he began work with Brethren Press on March 20, 1978. In Jan. 2012 he shifted into a half-time position with the building and grounds department at the General Offices while continuing half time with the publishing house.
Drafall is a customer service specialist with Brethren Press at the General Offices. She has worked for the Church of the Brethren for more than 13 years, since she began at Brethren Press on March 26, 2007.