Laura Stone to lead South Central Indiana District

The Church of the Brethren’s South Central Indiana District has called Laura Stone as district executive minister beginning on Feb. 1. She is currently the chaplain at Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester, Ind., a position she has held since May 2018, and also is a spiritual director.

Stone was ordained in the district in 2019 and is a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren. She was raised in the Kokomo congregation. Her leadership in the district has included being an instructor and a planning committee member for the Brethren Leadership Institute.

On the denominational level, her leadership includes election by the 2022 Annual Conference as a trustee of Bethany Theological Seminary, representing clergy; service on the Annual Conference worship planning team; speaking at National Youth Conference; writing for and serving as board chair for the Brethren Life and Thought journal.

Stone is a graduate of Manchester University. She holds a master of divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, formerly in Newton Centre, Mass. She has done work toward a doctorate in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. She received training in spiritual direction from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind.

In addition to hospital and long-term care chaplaincy over the past seven years, her ministry experiences include service as minister of music at Roslindale Congregational Church in Boston; as abbey musician at the Iona Community in Scotland for two years; as a staff residential advisor at Gould Farm in Monterey, Mass., and its sister facility, Fellside, in Medford, Mass.; and as a student pastor at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Boston.


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