Virginia Mennonite Conference

January 2013

Reflections from 5+ years at Virginia Mennonite Conference

January 30, 2013
by Jason Gerlach
Conference Youth Minister (2007-2012)

Reflections from 5+ years at Virginia Mennonite Conference

Reflecting on my work at Virginia Mennonite Conference over the past five years, I remember the annual retreats-how much joy middle school students experience in a game like Capture the Flag, and the significant impact that quality speakers and worship leaders have in the lives of youth. I’m gratified that VMC has offered the Senior High Retreat as an opportunity to bring youth together on a regular basis. God ministered to me in numerous ways while organizing retreats, mostly with the opportunities to talk with persons working with youth at …

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Christian Conquest Ministries founder dies

January 28, 2013
by Staff

Christian Conquest Ministries founder dies

Paul L. Gaskins, 71, died on January 3, 2013. Bishop Paul was founding pastor of Christian Conquest Ministries in Washington, DC (Potomac District) with his wife Belinda. Paul nurtured relationships with other ministries from Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia and India, forming the Leadership Fellowship conference. Many from these groups gathered to say good-bye in “A Symphonic Celebration of Life” on January 10, 2013.

Conference facing significant staff changes

January 28, 2013
by Shirley Yoder Brubaker
Virginia Mennonite Conference Moderator

Conference facing significant staff changes

Significant changes in leadership for Virginia Mennonite Conference will happen in 2013. Three administrators will terminate their positions: Jason Gerlach as Conference Youth Minister, Owen Burkholder as Conference Minister, and Sarah Bixler as Conference Coordinator. Conference Council has appointed a “Task Force for a Financially Sustainable VMC” which will bring recommendations to Conference Council in March for the role and function of conference and which staff patterns will best serve us in the future. Jason Gerlach left the VMC Youth Minister role on December 31, 2012. He is serving as …

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