Conference Council

As the executive body of Virginia Mennonite Conference, the duties of Conference Council are:

  1. Project vision, define direction, and promote unity in coordinating the work of the Conference
  2. Decide what issues shall be brought to Conference Assembly
  3. Provide for staffing of Conference
  4. Facilitate the work of Assembly between sessions
  5. Receive reports from and evaluate the work of Conference commissions and agencies annually
  6. Develop plans to meet the financial needs of Conference

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Executive Officers,
Richard Early, Moderator
Sara Wenger Shenk, Moderator-Elect
James Hershberger, Secretary
Leroy Kauffman, Treasurer

District Representatives
John Dey, Eastern
Marian Buckwalter, Mennonite Church USA CLC representative
Dale Hartzler, Central
David King, Northern
Phil Lehman, Southern
Joe Longacher, Interim FLC Chair
Craig Maven or Paula Stoltzfus, Harrisonburg (co-chairs)
Vernon Moyer, TCK
Vacant, Potomac
Vacant, Calvary

Commission Representatives
Vacant, VMMissions Board
Vacant, VMMissions Board
Joe Longacher, Faith & Life Commission
James Musser, Congregational Life Commission Chair
H. Michael Shenk III, FLC Secretary

Non-voting Staff
Clyde G. Kratz, VMC Executive Conference Minister
Aaron Kauffman, VMMissions President
Caleb Schrock-Hurst, Racial Justice and Equity Leader

Non-voting Reporters to Conference Council
Steve Carpenter, Gifts Discernment Committee Chair
Paul Leaman, Eastern Mennonite School Head of School
Joe Longacher, Constitution and Bylaws Committee Chair
Elwood Yoder, Historical Committee Chair