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COMMITTEES

As stated in the EPC’s Rules for Assembly, the ministries of the Assembly are conducted primarily through Permanent Committees and the Permanent Judicial Commission. In addition, Special Committees may be formed to address specific areas of concern or emphasis. Committee membership generally is limited to Ruling Elders and Teaching Elders, with the exception of:

Next Generation Ministries Council, which may have up to six non-ordained members who have particular expertise or experience in Christian Education, student ministry, or college ministry and who are active members of EPC churches.
Women’s Resource Council, which is open to any woman who is an active member of an EPC church.
World Outreach, which may have up to two non-ordained members with particular expertise or experience in world missions, and who are active members of EPC churches.

Terms are normally for three years, and a person may serve two consecutive terms on the same committee followed by at least one year off. In accepting a nomination to committee membership, the nominee should clearly understand and be willing to accept the responsibility of active participation in the regular meetings of his or her committee. Committees normally meet at the Office of the General Assembly in Orlando.

COMMITTEE NOMINATION FORM

Ruling Elders being nominated must be endorsed by their sessions, and ministers must be endorsed by their presbyteries. Such endorsement reflects official action of that body and is attested by the Clerk. The Nominaton Endorsement Form should be filled in as completely as possible, and returned to the Office of the General Assembly by February 28 of each year. Forms for endorsed individuals are kept in the committee’s active file for three years. At its March meeting, the Nominating Committee considers endorsed individuals for possible nomination for election to vacancies on the permanent committees.

Click here or on the image to download the 2018-19 Nomination Endorsement Form in fillable pdf format. You will need to save this file to your computer before completing; it will not save your inputs in your browser. You are also welcome to print it and fill out by hand.

The Nomination Endorsement Form contains the Nominating Process and Committee Descriptions reference materials.

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

The National Leadership Team provides coordination of program committee work and oversees the continuing work of the General Assembly between stated meetings. It provides strategic guidance to the Office of the General Assembly, and works with the Stated Clerk in personnel administration of the General Assembly staff and develops the annual administration and benevolence budgets. The Committee serves as directors of the corporation and executes legal and corporate business. The NLT generally meets four times per year and several additional times by phone.

Scott Griffin, Chair
RE, Presbytery of Pacific Northwest

Tom Werner, Moderator-Elect
RE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Chris Danusiar
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Phil Fanara
RE, Presbytery of the East

Rob Liddon
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Leigh Swanson
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Dean Weaver, Moderator
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Sabra Carman
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Nancy Duff
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Michael Gibson
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Glenn Meyers
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Luder Whitlock
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the National Leadership Team’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

BENEFIT RESOURCES, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Benefit Resources, Inc., (BRI) Board of Directors oversees administration of the EPC denominational Retirement Plan and Group Medical Plan. The Board also serves as trustees of the Retirement Plan and are responsible for investment of insurance fund reserves.

David Van Valkenburg, Chair
RE, Presbytery of the West

Mike Busch
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Robert Draughon
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Erik Ohman
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Randy Shaneyfelt
Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Will Barnes
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Ron Cox
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Ronald Horgan
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Kim Ray
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Kent Talbert
RE, Presbytery of the East

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Bart Francescone
BRI Executive Director

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Benefit Resources, Inc., Board of Directors’ work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

CHAPLAINS WORK AND CARE

The Chaplains Work and Care Committee oversees and conducts the chaplain endorsement process, develops and implements policies and procedures for EPC chaplain ministry, and provides for pastoral care for endorsed chaplains and their families. The committee also recommends policies related to chaplaincy to the General Assembly. The committee meets once a year and by phone conference as needed.

Ted Tromble, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Karen Bolte
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

David Snyder
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Mark Ingles, Chaplain Endorser (ex-officio)
TE, Presbytery of the West

Bruce Alexander
RE, Presbytery of the East

Tim Foster
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Richard Swedberg
RE, Presbytery of the West

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Chaplains Work and Committee’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

CHURCH PLANTING AND REVITALIZATION

The Church Planting and Revitalization Committee (formerly known as the National Outreach Committee) is responsible for coordinating, encouraging, and providing resources for church planting, evangelism, church development, and church revitalization efforts of presbyteries and churches.

Jeff Moore, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Sean Garland
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Frank Carter
RE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Church Planting and Revitalization Committee’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

FOUNDATION BOARD

The Foundation Board facilitates charitable estate gifts and planned gifts, which provide additional resources to assist local churches, presbyteries, and other EPC ministries to fulfill the purpose, goals, and opportunities of the future. The Foundation Board also promotes biblical stewardship by encouraging individuals and families to give of their time, talents, and treasures.

Ted Hailes, Chair
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Bobby Cobbs
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Greg Baggenstos
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Elizabeth Hickman
Presbytery of the Gulf South

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Phil VanValkenburg
Chief Operating Officer

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Foundation Board’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

FRATERNAL RELATIONS

The Committee on Fraternal Relations assists the General Assembly in developing and maintaining relationships with other Christian organizations including denominations in the Reformed tradition, ecumenical agencies, and other groups working to advance the Kingdom of God through evangelism, nurture, and service.

Gerrit Dawson, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Jerry Harmon
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Tod Paulson
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Dean Weaver, Moderator (ex-officio)
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Gwynn Blair
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Gary McGhee
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Peter Pugliese
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Fraternal Relations Committee’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

MINISTERIAL VOCATION

The Ministerial Vocation Committee resources the Ministerial and Candidates committees of the Presbyteries, and oversees the ordination testing process. The MVC is concerned with the initial and ongoing education and training of ministers and in the pastoral care of ministers and their families.

Michael Flake, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Frank Rotella
RE, Presbytery of the East

Phil Stump
RE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Neal McAtee
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Brad Strait
TE, Presbytery of the West

Caroline Tromble
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Ministerial Vocation Committee’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES

As approved by the 36th General Assembly (2016), the Next Generation Ministries Council comprises the former Christian Education and Communications (CE&C) and Student and College Ministries (SCM) committees and is working “to develop appropriate vision, mission, strategy, and structures aligned with the strategic initiatives of the General Assembly.” The Next Generation Ministries Council is expected to formally launch on July 1, 2018.

David DeBruler, Chair
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

David Bishop
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Martha Daniel
Presbytery of the Alleghenies

D.T. House
Presbytery of the Southeast

Dustin Jernigan
TE, Presbytery of the Florida and the Caribbean

Ivan Moore
Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Laura Cooper (Ministry Partner Advisor)
Director of Strategic Development, FamiliesAlive!

Elliot Simko (Ministry Partner Advisor)
Partnership Coordinator, CCO

Carolyn Hiller, Vice-Chair
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Jen Burkholder
Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Enid Flores
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Mark Hughes
TE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Andrew Koesters
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

David Schoeman
RE, Presbytery of the West

Michael Hall (Ministry Partner Advisor)
Training and Church Intern Coordinator, RYM

Shawn Stewart (Ministry Partner Advisor)
Mobilization Coordinator, EPC World Outreach

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Next Generation Ministries Council’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

NOMINATING

The Nominating Committee annually nominates the Moderator, Moderator-elect, and permanent committee members for election by the General Assembly. The committee receives endorsements of qualified individuals from presbyteries and church Sessions.

Catherine Burkholder, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Brian Altmyer
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Jan Bole
RE, Presbytery of the West

Alan Conrow
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Woody Johnson
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

 

John Adamson
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

George Blackburn
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

James Carr
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Susan Humphreys
RE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Alan Smith
RE, Presbytery of the East

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Nominating Committee’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

PERMANENT JUDICIAL COMMISSION

The Permanent Judicial Commission studies questions of interpretation in the Book of Order referred by the Stated Clerk. The Commission also reviews overtures, recommendations, and resolutions for changing the Constitution prior to their presentation to the Assembly. In cases referred to the Assembly, the Commission shall make preliminary judgment to the Assembly until the Assembly has sustained or rejected its recommendations.

David Tyra, Moderator
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

George Dakin
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Donald Flater
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Dana Opp
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Kenneth Wynne
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Yvonne Chapman
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Neil Ellison
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Anson Keller
RE, Presbytery of the East

Ken Roberts
RE, Presbytery of the West

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Permanent Judicial Commission’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

PRESBYTERY REVIEW

The Presbytery Review Committee provides structure, order, and continuity in reviewing the minutes of the presbyteries. It meets once a year in May, prior to the General Assembly. One member is elected annually, and the committee includes at least one former Stated Clerk.

Helen Franssell, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the East

Cecil Matthews
RE, Presbytery of the West

Diane Manon
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Max Riddle
RE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Presbytery Review Committee’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

THEOLOGY

The Theology Committee receives and studies such theological matters as may be referred to it by the General Assembly, and returns its study with recommendations and requested papers or documents to the Assembly.

Adel Thalos, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Zach Hopkins
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Ramona Spilman
TE, Presbytery of the West

Fred Flinn
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

John Moody
RE, Presbytery of Great Plains

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Theology Committee’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE COUNCIL

The Women’s Resource Council serves local churches by developing women as servant leaders for the equipping of God’s church, the increase of His kingdom, and mobilizing women to fully participate in their churches, communities, and the world by resourcing leaders, providing opportunities for leadership training, and encouraging leaders in their place of ministry.

Sharon Beekmann, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the West

Mary Brown, Discipleship Committee Chair
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Kathleen Marcy, Treasurer
Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Lana Roberts, Chair-Elect
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Elizabeth Parker, Leadership Committee Chair
Presbytery of the Gulf South

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Women’s Resource Council’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

WORLD OUTREACH

The World Outreach Committee is responsible to implement the World Outreach Master Plan and to interpret and refine the World Outreach Missions Manual where necessary. It has oversight and care of EPC missionaries, their terms of call, and projects. The Committee evaluates agencies for potential cooperative agreements and works in conjunction with the Director of World Outreach. Two members of the Committee may be non-ordained with expertise in world missions.

Betsy Rumer, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Phil Castor
RE, Presbytery of the East

Phyllis Ellsworth
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

David Miller
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Pat Tucker, M.D.
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Dean Weaver, Moderator (ex-officio)
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Brad Buescher
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Kevin Cauley
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Alan Johnson
RE, Presbytery of the West

Sheryl Smith
Presbytery of the West

Jerry Iamurri, Assistant Stated Clerk (ex-officio)
Office of the General Assembly

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Phil Linton
Director of World Outreach

Jason Dunn
Associate Director of World Outreach

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the World Outreach Committee’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

CHURCH PLANTING TEAM

The mission of the EPC Church Planting Team is to cultivate a culture where church planting is embraced, encouraged, and celebrated by all EPC churches, with the goal of each congregation becoming a Parent (by planting one or more new churches), a Partner (joining together with other EPC churches in their area to plant churches), or a Patron (by providing financial support to those starting new churches) of church planting.

Matt Brown
TE, Presbytery of the East

Jim Holland
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Mike Moses
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Richard Rieves
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Bart Garrett
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Tom Melton
TE, Presbytery of the West

Tom Ricks
TE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Shawn Robinson
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

CHURCH REVITALIZATION TASK FORCE (GO CENTER)

Church revitalization in the EPC is led by the GO Center, under the leadership of Dr. Ken Priddy. The GO Center was founded in the EPC Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic and later merged with the EPC Revitalization Task Force when the ministry of the GO Center was nationalized in 2015. The GO Center is now accessible to all EPC presbyteries and churches.

The GO Center’s focus is the development of missional churches that are led by missional pastors and leaders. This development is driven by training, consulting, and coaching that are provided by the GO Center team. For more information, see www.epcgocenter.org.

Ken Priddy, GO Center Executive Director
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Bill Rasch
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Bob Stauffer
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Jeff Moore
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Bill Senyard
TE, Presbytery of the West

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

INTERIM COMMITTEE ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION (ICME)

The Interim Committee on Ministerial Education (ICME) was approved at the 29th General Assembly and appointed by the Moderator.

Fred Lian, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the West

Bob Howard
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Mark Toone
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Luder Whitlock
TE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Nate Atwood
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Kent Mathews
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Ed Wedin
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Bill Dudley, ex-officio
TE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the ICME’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

INTERIM COMMITTEE ON PASTORAL LETTER

The Interim Committee on the Pastoral Letter “Ministering to the Church and World on Issues Pertaining to Human Sexuality” was approved at the 36th General Assembly and appointed by the Moderator.

Sandy Willson, Chair
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Sharon Beekman
TE, Presbytery of the West

John Graham
RE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Annie Rose
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Adam Barr
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Mike Glodo
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Scott Griffin
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Rick Schatz
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 38th General Assembly

This report of the Interim Committee on Pastoral Letter’s work in 2017-18 was presented to the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, in June 2018.

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