Bekah Houff serves as the University Pastor and Director of Church Relations at Manchester University. She loves to work with college students and help them succeed during their academic career. A graduate of Bridgewater College and Bethany Theological Seminary, Bekah is no stranger to Church of the Brethren conferences and events. She served as coordinator of National Young Adult Conference, National Junior High Conference, and Workcamps (now FaithX) during her time in Brethren Volunteer Service. Bekah loves camping, spending quality time with friends, and spoiling her nieces and nephews. She lives in Goshen, Indiana with her spouse Nick, dog Kobol, and cats Starbuck and Boomer.
Cindy Laprade Lattimer
Cindy Laprade Lattimer (she/her) and her partner, Ben are parents to 3 energetic kids: Everett (8) and twins Ezra and Cyrus (6), plus an aging dog, Jake. They are also co-pastors of Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon, PA and co-chaplains at Juniata College. She enjoys reading, coaching her kids and their friends in sports, playing strategic board games, and hiking the wooded trails behind their home. This is her seventh NYC and she always looks forward to the connection and community NYC creates.
Shawn Flory Replogle
Shawn Flory Replogle is the proud partner of Alison, with whom he shares a great family: Adin, Caleb, Tessa, and Simon. Together, they live in Lindsborg, KS, where Shawn has been a pastor and a consultant who facilitates/advises/consults/and trains organizations of all sizes and shapes. Currently Shawn is the Executive Director of Organizational Resources for the Church of the Brethren, based out of Elgin, IL, and serves as one of the Western Plains co-District Youth Coordinators. This will be Shawn’s ninth National Youth Conference (he’s not really that old), and he says he’s done about everything there is to do at an NYC: “OK, I’ve never led the choir… or played in the band…or been on the medical staff… but nearly everything else!”
Walt Wiltschek started Sept. 1 as part-time district executive minister for Illinois & Wisconsin and currently divides his time between Maryland and Illinois. He also does part-time chaplaincy work for Illinois Wesleyan University. He is finishing up as pastor of Easton (Md.) Church of the Brethren and was previously campus pastor at Manchester University in Indiana, and editor of Messenger magazine, for which he still does some writing and editing. He enjoys traveling, camp ministry, puns and wordplay, and cheering for various sports teams. Walt was an advisor for the 2010 National Youth Conference cabinet, but this is his first time serving as a worship coordinator.
Jacob Crouse (he/him) serves as a music leader for the Washington City Church of the Brethren in Washington, D.C. along with running projection, audio, and recording. Brother Jake also works doing Audio-Visual Engineering work for the American College of Cardiology. Other notable activities he enjoys include working on vintage motorcycles, cooking, traveling to new and familiar places (road trip!), spending quality time with family and friends, editing and hosting the Dunker Punks Podcast, and writing and recording music. He wrote this autobiographical haiku to briefly describe himself to someone who he hasn’t met before:
Culture, adventures give life
Dunker Punk describes