David Shetler to retire from leadership of Southern Ohio and Kentucky District

David Shetler has announced his retirement as executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Southern Ohio and Kentucky District, as of Dec. 31. He has served in leadership of the district for 11 years, since Jan. 1, 2011.

His district tenure included the sale of Camp Woodland Altars and the ensuing establishment of several endowment funds that continue to support district and congregational ministries. A number of new commissions and task teams were formed to carry out district ministries under his leadership.

During his years as a member of the Council of District Executives he served as secretary and executive committee member and represented the council on the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board 2014-2018 and on the denomination’s Leadership Team 2016-2018. He was a member of the Ministry Advisory Council that assisted in producing the 2014 Ministerial Leadership polity paper of Annual Conference and he also contributed to the writing of the 2017 report “Authority of Annual Conference Regarding Accountability of Ministers, Congregations, and Districts.”

An ordained minister with more than 40 years of service in the church, he previously filled pastorates in Shenandoah District and Western Pennsylvania District as well as Southern Ohio and Kentucky District. He was employed by Everence Financial as field representative/financial advisor/church relations 2006-2010. He was director of Admissions and Student Development at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., from October 1996 to June 2003.

Shetler holds a master of arts in Religion degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, with an emphasis in historical and theological studies, and a bachelor of arts in Philosophy and Religion and Business Administration from Bridgewater (Va.) College.


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