Committees

  • Executive Committee – This committee shall consist of the three elected officers plus the conference minister ex officio.  It shall meet as needed to transact such business and offer counsel as may be required for the orderly and timely conduct of WDC agenda.  The Executive Committee shall make decisions concerning projects and assignments authorized by the Executive Board, but in all cases these will be reported to the full Executive Board at its next meeting.
    • Members:  Diana Schunn, Moderator, Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, KS; Richard Gehring, Moderator-Elect, Manhattan Mennonite Church, Manhattan, KS; Wendy Funk Schrag, Secretary, First Mennonite Church, Newton, KS
  • Gifts Discernment Committee – Six members shall be elected by the Delegate Assembly.  The Executive Board shall nominate persons for election to the committee.  Two committee members shall be elected each year at the annual Delegate Assembly.  The Gifts Discernment Committee shall nominate no fewer than one or more than two persons for each elective office to be filled.  Nominations, elections and appointments should be made with sensitivity and balance with regard to the makeup of the conference.  The Gifts Discernment Committee shall present the slate of nominees at the Delegate Assembly.
    • Members:  Eric Buller, Inman Mennonite Church, Inman, KS; Jane McNair, Houston Mennonite Church, Houston, TX; Roger Neufeld Smith, Southern Hills Mennonite Church, Topeka, KS; Brian Stucky, Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, KS; Don Troyer, Bethel Mennonite Church, Hydro, OK; Melanie Zuercher, Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton, KS
  • Historical Committee – Develops policies about items of historical and cultural interest including the collection, preservation, and availability of official records and materials pertaining to the Western District Conference and its congregations via a relationship with Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College as the official depository of this material.
    • Members:  Roger Juhnke, Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, KS
  • Staff Relations Committee – Oversees personnel matters and policies in consultation with the conference minister.
    • Members:  Sondra Bandy Koontz, Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, KS; James Regier, Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Whitewater, KS; Christy Schunn-Sebes, New Creation Fellowship Church, Newton, KS; Stephen Hochstetler, Austin Mennonite Church, Austin, TX
  • Youth Ministry Committee – Envisions and implements area conference youth ministries which engage congregations in reaching, resourcing, and reviving youth for an everlasting relationship with Christ.
    • Members:  Jesse Blasdel, South Hutchinson Mennonite Church, South Hutchinson, KS; Isaac Landis, Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, KS

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