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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:

Benefit Resources, Inc., Board of Directors, which may have non-ordained members who possess the expertise needed for the Board to carry out its responsibilities, and who are active members of EPC churches.
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.
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 via video conference or at the Office of the General Assembly in Orlando.

COMMITTEE NOMINATION ENDORSEMENT 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 Nomination Endorsement Form should be submitted by February 28 of each year. Forms for endorsed individuals are kept in the Nominating 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 complete the 2023-24 Nomination Endorsement Form. The form contains the Nominating Process and Committee Description 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.

Brad Strait, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the West

Brian Evans
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

George Hertensteiner
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Victor Jones
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Linda McDaniel
RE, Presbytery of the West

Neil Smith
TE, Presbytery of the East

Rosemary Lukens, Moderator (ex officio)
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Dean Weaver, Stated Clerk (ex officio)
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Earla Bethel
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Michael Flake
TE, Presbytery of the Central Carolinas

John Ivy Jr.
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Patrick King
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Carolyn Poteet
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Dave Strunk
TE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Joe Kim, Moderator-elect (ex officio)
TE, Presbytery of the East

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Dean Weaver
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The National Leadership Team reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

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.

Randy Shaneyfelt, Chairman
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Michael Busch
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Michael Moore
Presbytery of the Central South

Bill Reisenweaver
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Sandy Siegfried
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Will Barnes
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Jim Lewien
RE, Presbytery of the West

Erik Ohman
TE, Presbytery of the West

Eric Shipton
TE, Presbytery of the New River

Stuart Van Kirk
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Bart Francescone
BRI Executive Director

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Benefit Resources, Inc., Board of Directors reported its work in 2021-21 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

CHAPLAINS WORK AND CARE COMMITTEE

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.

Brad Yorton, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Marty Carpenter
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Glen Holman
TE, Presbytery of the New River

Claude Douglas Overall
TE, Presbytery fo the Great Plains

Scott Rash
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Ben Brychta
RE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Darrell DeHaven
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

David Horton
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Russ Ragon
TE, Presbytery of the West

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

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Michael Davis
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Chaplains Work and Committee reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

FRATERNAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE

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.

Carol Culbertson, Chairman
RE, Presbytery of the West

David Galbraith
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Case Thorp
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Stan Van den Berg
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Dean Weaver, Stated Clerk (ex officio)
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Don Fortson
TE, Presbytery of the Central Carolinas

Jerry Harmon
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Alan Trafford
TE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Brad Strait, Moderator (ex officio)
TE, Presbytery of the West

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Dean Weaver
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Fraternal Relations Committee reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

MINISTERIAL VOCATION COMMITTEE

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.

Fred Lian, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the West

Richard Gash
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Doug Resler
TE, Presbytery of the West

Chris Curtis
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Neil McAtee
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Rachel White
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Dean Weaver
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Ministerial Vocation Committee reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES COUNCIL

The Next Generation Ministries Council is designed to equip, encourage, and shepherd church leadership to evangelize and disciple the Next Generation from birth through young adulthood.

Meg DeHaven, Chairman
Presbytery of the East

Herman Armstrong
Presbytery of Mid-America

Cole Lescher
TE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Faith Reid
Presbytery of the Central South

Joe Stroup
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Greg Aydt, Co-Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the West

Meagan Bergem
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Andrew Mills
TE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Becky Shultz
Presbytery of the West

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Michael Davis
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Next Generation Ministries Council reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

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.

Marian Bradshaw
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Robert Chambers
TE, Presbytery of the Central Carolinas

Alan Conrow
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Joshua Hurd
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Rob Liddon
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Stacey Miller
RE, Presbytery of the Coastal Mid-Atlantic

Juan Rivera
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Bob Vincent
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Jeff Chadwick
TE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Tom Clymer
TE, Presbytery of the New River

Wayne Hardy
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Brad Kenney
TE, Presbytery of the West

Ron Meyer
TE, Presbytery of the East

David Ricketts
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Rob Sparr
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Ann Weston
RE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Dean Weaver
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Nominating Committee reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

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.

Yvonne Chapman, Moderator
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Donald Flater
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Jeffrey Hollingsworth
RE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Forrest Norman
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Brian Wyatt
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Amanda Cowan
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Nate Green
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Gordon Miller
RE, Presbytery of the New River

Ken Roberts
RE, Presbytery of the West

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Dean Weaver
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Permanent Judicial Commission reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

PRESBYTERY REVIEW COMMITTEE

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.

Ron Bengelink, Chairman
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Jim Connors
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Ray Kinat
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Bill Myers
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Mark Willems
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Jane Bodden
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Keith Hopkins
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

George King
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Jason Steele
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Zenaida Bermudez
Director of Operations

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Presbytery Review Committee reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

THEOLOGY COMMITTEE

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.

Zach Hopkins, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Stephanie Black
TE, Presbytery of the Coastal Mid-Atlantic

Luke Johnston
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Carol Williams
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Joe Bingold
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Fred Flinn
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Cameron Shaffer
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Dean Weaver
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Theology Committee reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

WORLD OUTREACH COMMITTEE

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.

Rick Dietzman, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Douglas Dempsey
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Johnny Long
RE, Presbytery of the West

Wes Peterson
RE, Presbytery of the Coastal Mid-Atlantic

Porter Waring
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Whitney Alexander
TE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Susan Lear
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Marcos Ortega
TE, Presbytery of the East

David Van Valkenburg
RE, Presbytery of the West

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Gabriel de Guia
Executive Director of World Outreach

Jason Dunn
Associate Director of World Outreach

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The World Outreach Committee reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

REVELATION 7:9 TASK FORCE

The Revelation 7:9 Task Force was approved by the 38th General Assembly. Its purpose is to motivate and equip our EPC churches to represent—and grow in—the message of that verse. Specifically, that when the Kingdom of God comes in fullness, there will be a multitude “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

Andrew Smith, Co-Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the East

Steve Burton
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Marc de Jeu
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Enid Flores
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Joe Kim
TE, Presbytery of the East

Mark Potter
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Doug Resler
TE, Presbytery of the West

Ben Tzeng
TE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Rodger Woodworth
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Rufus Smith, Co-Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the West

Jeff Cook
TE, Presbytery of the Central Carolinas

Greg Ealey
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Laurie Johnston
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Cheryl Mendes-Ellis
TE, Presbytery of the West

Brandon Queen
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Eric Shipton
TE, Presbytery of the New River

Tom Werner
RE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Dean Weaver
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 42nd General Assembly

The Revelation 7:9 Task Force reported its work in 2021-22 to the 42nd General Assembly in June 2022.

PASTORAL LETTER OF RACIAL LAMENT AND HOPE

The 42nd General Assembly approved a Moderator-appointed ad-interim committee to write a Pastoral Latter of Racial Lament and Hope. A Pastoral Letter is intended to shine the light of God’s Word broadly on an area of general concern to the Church, with the primary purpose to guide churches within the EPC rather than to identify our positions to the world.

Gerrit Dawson, Co-Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Sean Boone
Presbytery of Mid-America

Linda McDaniel
RE, Presbytery of the West

George Robertson
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Eric Shipton
TE, Presbytery of the Coastal Mid-Atlantic

Dean Weaver (ex officio)
Stated Clerk

Brad Strait (ex officio)
Chairman, National Leadership Team
TE, Presbytery of the West

Joe Kim (ex officio)
Moderator-elect, 42nd General Assembly 
TE, Presbytery of the East

Glenn Meyers, Co-Chairman
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Ken Chang
RE, Presbytery of the West

Marcos Ortega
TE, Presbytery of the East

Annie Rose
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Carol Williams
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Michael Davis (ex officio)
Assistant Stated Clerk

Rosemary Lukens (ex officio)
Moderator, 42nd General Assembly
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Dean Weaver
Stated Clerk

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