Ballot is announced for the 2023 Annual Conference

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

Area 2:

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

Area 3:

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

Representing clergy:

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

Representing laity:

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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