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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 are active members of EPC churches.
 Generosity Resources Committee, which may have non-ordained members who have the expertise needed by the Committee, 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.
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 via video conference or 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 2020-21 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.

Case Thorp, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Franklin Carter
RE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Nancy Duff
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Phil Fanara
RE, Presbytery of the East

Michael Gibson
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Patrick King
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Rosemary Lukens
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Jeff Jeremiah, Stated Clerk (ex officio)
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

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

Earla Bethel
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Chris Danusiar
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Brian Evans
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Brett Garretson
TE, Presbytery of the West

Victor Jones
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Rob Liddon
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Dave Strunk
TE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Glenn Meyers, Moderator (ex officio)
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the National Leadership Team’s work in 2019-20 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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
Presbytery of the Great Plains

Mike Busch
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Jim Lewien
Presbytery of the West

Erik Ohman
TE, Presbytery of the West

Sandy Siegfried
Presbytery of the Great Plains

Will Barnes
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Robert Draughon
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Michael Moore
Presbytery of the Central South

Bill Reisenweaver
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Bart Francescone
BRI Executive Director

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Benefit Resources, Inc., Board of Directors’ work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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
Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Marty Carpenter
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Glen Holman
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Scott Rash
TE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Richard Swedberg
RE, Presbytery of the West

Bruce Alexander
RE, Presbytery of the East

Tim Foster
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Jennifer Prechter
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

David Snyder
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

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

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Chaplains Work and Committee’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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

Don Fortson
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Joe Pallikkathayil
TE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Glenn Meyers, Moderator (ex officio)
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Gwynn Blair
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Jerry Harmon
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Alan Trafford
TE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Fraternal Relations Committee’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

GENEROSITY RESOURCES COMMITTEE

The Generosity Resources Committee (formerly 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 Committee also promotes biblical stewardship by encouraging individuals and families to give of their time, talents, and treasures.

Bobby Cobbs, Chairman
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Mark Eibel
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Jeff Porter
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Bob Welsh (Resource Member)
EPC Generosity Resources Field Representative

Ben Borsay
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Ted Hailes
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Kevin Byma
RE, Presbytery of the East

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Brian Smith
Director of Communications

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Generosity Resources Committee’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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

Neal McAtee
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Frank Rotella
RE, Presbytery of the East

Richard Gash
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Doug Resler
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 40th General Assembly

This report of the Ministerial Vocation Committee’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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.

Jen Burkholder, Chairman
Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Martha Daniel
Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Meg DeHaven
Presbytery of the East

Andrew Koesters
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Ivan Moore
Presbytery of the Alleghenies

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

Elliot Simko (Ministry Partner Advisor)
Partnership Coordinator, CCO

Greg Aydt
Presbytery of the West

Michael Davis
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Enid Flores
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Andrew Mills
TE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Becky Shultz
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 40th General Assembly

This report of the Next Generation Ministries Council’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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.

Alan Conrow, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Brian Altmyer
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Janet Bole
RE, Presbytery of the West

Larry Carlson
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Wayne Hardy
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Woody Johnson
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

David Ricketts
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Alan Smith
RE, Presbytery of the East

John Adamson
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

Henry Beck
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Marion Bradshaw
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Bill Dudley
TE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Susan Humphreys
RE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Joe McCoy
RE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Juan Rivera
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Nominating Committee’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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

George Dakin
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Donald Flater
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Jeff Hollingsworth
RE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Ken Roberts
RE, Presbytery of the West

Amanda Cowan
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Neil Ellison
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Donald Harms
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Dana Opp
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Permanent Judicial Commission’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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.

Helen Franssell, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the East

Jane Bodden
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

George King
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Jason Steele
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Ron Bengelink
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Ray Kinat
RE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Gary O’Keefe
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Presbytery Review Committee’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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

Fred Flinn
RE, Presbytery of the Central South

John Moody
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

Cameron Shaffer
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Ron DiNunzio
TE, Presbytery of the East

Gordon Miller
RE, Presbytery of Mid-Atlantic

Ryan Mowen
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Theology Committee’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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.

Kevin Cauley, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Rick Dietzman
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Susan Lear
RE, Presbytery of the Great Plains

David Miller
RE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

David Van Valkenburg
RE, Presbytery of the West

Whitney Alexander
TE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Phyllis Ellsworth
RE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Johnny Long
RE, Presbytery of the West

Wes Peterson
RE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Porter Waring
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Phil Linton
Director of World Outreach

Jason Dunn
Associate Director of World Outreach

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the World Outreach Committee’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

GIVING CULTURE STUDY COMMITTEE

The Giving Culture Study Committee was approved by the 39th General Assembly. The members represent churches that strongly support Per Member Asking (PMA), and its purpose is to study and make recommendation on the long-term culture of giving to the EPC, including evaluation of the current PMA funding formula.

Jane Cooper, Chairman
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Jamie Cupshalk
TE, Presbytery of the East

Bruce Novkov
RE, Presbytery of the Southeast

Brett Garretson, National Leadership Team (ex officio)
TE, Presbytery of the West

Bob Coleman
RE, Presbytery of the West

Scott McKee
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Gina Stewart
RE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Jeff Jeremiah, Stated Clerk (ex officio)
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Giving Culture Study Committee’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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.”

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

Tom Clymer
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Enid Flores
RE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Soon Pak
TE, Presbytery of the Midwest

Brandon Queen
RE, Presbytery of the Gulf South

Tom Werner
RE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Dean Weaver, Co-Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Marc de Jeu
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Phyllis Le Peau
Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Beth Paz
Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Andrew Smith
TE, Presbytery of the East

Ted Winters
RE, Presbytery of Mid-America

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jeff Jeremiah
Stated Clerk

Committee Report to the 40th General Assembly

This report of the Revelation 7:9 Task Force’s work in 2019-2020 was presented to the 40th General Assembly in September 2020.

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.

Tom Ricks, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of Mid-America

John Bueno
RE, Presbytery of the West

Tom Melton
TE, Presbytery of the West

Richard Rieves
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Rufus Smith
TE, Presbytery of the West

Matt Brown
TE, Presbytery of the East

Jack Cathey
RE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Jim Holland
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Mike Moses
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

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)

The Church Revitalization Task Force is led by Ken Priddy and is comprised of the GO Center’s leadership team. 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.gocenterinfo.wordpress.com

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

Bill Senyard
TE, Presbytery of the West

Jeff Moore
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Bob Stauffer
TE, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Staff Resource, Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Iamurri
Assistant Stated Clerk

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