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Slate of Nominees

Lydia Kuttab Brenneman

Position: Board of Directors, Member-at-large
Congregation: Lima Mennonite Church, Lima, Ohio
Occupation: Chaplain at Saint Rita’s Medical Center part of Mercy Health

Joel Miller

Joel Miller
Position: Board of Directors, President-elect
Congregation: Columbus Mennonite Church, Columbus, Ohio
Occupation: Pastor

Joel has pastored Columbus Mennonite Church since 2013 with primary responsibilities of preaching, staff leadership, pastoral care, and community ministry.  He has been part of CDC since 2006 and has served on the Ministerial and Gifts Discernment committees.  Joel and his wife Abbie have three school age daughters.

Brian Bolton
Position: Ministerial Committee
Congregation: Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Occupation: Pastor

Gayle Gerber Koontz

Gayle Gerber Koontz
Position: Ministerial Committee
Congregation: Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
Occupation: Retired

Julia Gingrich
Position: Missional Church Committee
Congregation: Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
Occupation: Pastor

Julia Gingrich (she/her) began pastoring at Eighth Street on July 1, 2015.  Believing that worship inspires witness, she is energized by relationships that link the congregation to peace and justice initiatives in Elkhart County and beyond.  These partnerships include: the Re-entry Housing Program of the Elkhart Jail Ministry, the Poor People’s Campaign of Northern Indiana, and the Repair Network of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition. She has a B.S. of Sociology from Eastern Mennonite University, and an M. Div from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.  Julia delights in walking, biking, thrifting, sharing food with friends, and spending time with her husband and two school-age daughters. 

Gary Martin

Gary Martin
Position: Missional Church Committee
Congregation: Faith Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
Occupation: Transitional Pastor

Gary has served as

  • staff for the CDC Evangelism and Church Development Committee, 1983-89,
  • interim instructor, Church Development/Urban Ministry, AMBS, 1986-93,
  • developed transitional ministry policy for MC USA and MC Canada

Gary currently serves as a co-instructor, Leading Congregations in Transition, Practical Leadership Training program, AMBS. He is looking forward to transitioning from parish ministry into retirement this year. He and his wife, Pat, have four adult children and ten grandchildren.

Chris Moser

Chris Moser
Position: Camp Friedenswald Board of Directors
Congregation: First Mennonite Church Bluffton, Bluffton, Ohio
Occupation: Resource Development at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

Deanna Risser

Deanna Risser
Position: Cemp Friedenswald Board of Directors
Congregation: Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
Occupation: VP for Administration & CFO at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS)

Mark Roeschley

Mark Roeschley
Position: Camp Friedenswald Board
Congregation:  Mennonite Church of Normal, Normal, Illinois
Occupation:  Farmer and Seed Business co-owner

Mark serves on the Student Mutual Aid Program committee at Mennonite Church of Normal and volunteers as usher and greeter.

He is married to Jane Thorley Roeschley, and they have 3 adult children and one grandchild.

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