The Nominating Committee of the Standing Committee of district delegates to the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference is presenting the following ballot for the 2023 Conference.
The elections will be held during the annual meeting taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 4-8, 2023.
Please pray… For those nominated to the Annual Conference ballot.
Complete biographical information for the following nominees is available on the Annual Conference website at www.brethren.org/ac2023/business/ballot and will be printed in the Conference booklet.
Dava Hensley pastors Roanoke (Va.) First Church of the Brethren in Virlina District. She is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren. Her involvements at the denominational level include service on the Mission and Ministry Board and the New Church Development Committee, and as a preacher at Annual Conference, National Youth Conference, and National Older Adult Conference. At the district level she has served as district moderator and on the district board and executive board, and on a race relations committee. Her congregation, which is part of an ecumenical group of four churches called the Northwest Faith Partnership, also has hosted a Hispanic ministry for 11 years.
Del Keeney, of Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Church of the Brethren in Southern Pennsylvania District, is an ordained minister and retired pastor. He is a former executive director of Congregational Life Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, during his tenure supervising intercultural and church planting efforts, work related to evangelism, and more. His experience at the district level has included serving on a district board and on the board of Camp Swatara. He has done training in leadership practices and tools for the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership and the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center, where he was board chair. His international experience has included a 2009 visit to Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria).
Program and Arrangements Committee
Emmanuela Attelus of Miami (Fla.) Haitian Church of the Brethren in Atlantic Southeast District
Gail Heisel of La Verne (Calif.) Church of the Brethren in Pacific Southwest District
Mission and Ministry Board
John Ballinger of Mohican Church of the Brethren, West Salem, Ohio, in Northern Ohio District
Tina M. Hunt of Mansfield (Ohio) Church of the Brethren in Northern Ohio District
Linetta Shalom Alley of Linville Creek Church of the Brethren, Broadway, Va., in Shenandoah District
Deirdre Moyer of Eden (N.C.) Church of the Brethren in Virlina District
Bethany Theological Seminary Board of Trustees
Jennifer Hosler of Washington (D.C.) City Church of the Brethren in Mid-Atlantic District
Jonathan Prater of Mt. Zion, Linville (Va.) Church of the Brethren in Shenandoah District
Mark Gingrich of Open Circle Church of the Brethren, Burnsville, Minn., in Northern Plains District
Julia Wheeler of La Verne (Calif.) Church of the Brethren in Pacific Southwest District
Eder Financial Board
Raymond Flagg of Annville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren in Atlantic Northeast District
Dennis Kingery of Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren, Littleton, Colo., in Western Plains District
On Earth Peace Board
Carol Young Lindquist of Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, Fort Wayne, Ind., in Northern Indiana District
Audrey Zunkel-DeCoursey of Living Stream Church of the Brethren, a fully online church in Pacific Northwest District
Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee
Lori Hurt of Boones Mill (Va.) Church of the Brethren in Virlina District
Rudolph H. Taylor III of Cloverdale (Va.) Church of the Brethren in Virlina District
Find the full ballot, with additional information about nominees and the listed positions, posted online at www.brethren.org/ac2023/business/ballot.
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