Institutional Relationships

The Western District Conference (WDC) relates to many organizations that are independent but have official ties to the conference and its ministries.  WDC elects or provides for the appointment of members to some of these organizations.  These organizations are invited to relate to WDC through participation at Reference Council gatherings, annual reports, attendance at Delegate Assemblies and cooperative projects of mutual interest and benefit.

Bethel College Board of Directors

  • http://www.bethelks.edu/
  • Bethel College Board of Directors By-laws – Section 3, (b) Nominations and Appointment.  Directors shall be nominated for appointment to the Board of Directors by the existing Board of Directors and such committees to which the Board delegates this responsibility, in conjunction with recommendations from the Church Affiliated Bodies and Bethel Affiliated Bodies.  Following receipt of nominations, the Board of Directors shall then have ultimate responsibility for appointment of new members.  The term of newly elected Board members shall begin January 1.
  • Current WDC representatives:  Sharon Nance (2017), Jim Ensz (2022)
  • Term length:  6 years, members shall not succeed themselves after having served two full 6-year terms.
  • WDC representatives to this board are recommended by the WDC Executive Board.

Camp Mennoscah Association

  • http://campmennoscah.org/
  • Camp Mennoscah Association Bylaws – Article IV, 2.  Position C will be filled by a member from the Western District Conference of the Mennonite Church USA and will be designated by the Executive Board of the Western District Conference of the Mennonite Church USA for a term ending at the annual meeting.
  • Current WDC representative:  Willmar Harder (2018)
  • Term length:  3 years
  • WDC representatives to this board are appointed by the WDC Executive Board.

Mennonite Central Committee Central States Board

  • http://centralstates.mcc.org/
  • Mennonite Central Committee Central States Board By-Laws Article 7, Section 7.0l – Each Mennonite and Brethren in Christ district conference in the Central States region may appoint one member to the Board of Directors.
  • Current WDC representative:  Rosie Epp (2018)
  • Term length – 3-year terms with a limit of 3 consecutive terms
  • WDC representatives to this board are appointed by the WDC Executive Board.

Mennonite Church USA Constituency Leaders Council

  • http://mennoniteusa.org/
  • Constitution and Bylaws of the Western District Conference, Section B, 1. p. (Executive Board Duties) – Appoint three persons to the Constituency Leaders Council (Conference Minister, Conference Moderator and another representative).
  • Current WDC representatives:  Heidi Regier Kreider (Conference Minister), Anita Yoder Kehr (Conference Moderator), Ryan Koch (2018)
  • Term length:  The representative is appointed for 1 term of 2 years and may be renewed once.

Mennonite Disaster Service

  • http://mds.mennonite.net/
  • Kansas Mennonite Disaster Service, Inc. By-Laws Article III. 1 – Appointment to Board of Directors.  Members of the Board of Directors shall be appointed by the MDS constituent conferences indicated below, and in the numbers shown:  Western District Conference – 2.
  • Current WDC representatives:  Jordan Miller (2017), Cleo Koop (2018)
  • Term length:  3 years, and for a maximum of 3 terms
  • WDC representatives to this board are appointed by the WDC Executive Board.

Mennonite Men of the Plains

Schowalter Villa Advisory Board

  • http://www.schowalter-villa.org/
  • Schowalter Villa Advisory Board Bylaws Article II, Section 1 – The Corporate Advisory Council shall consist of persons appointed by the following named churches, church conferences or organizations which shall constitute the principal constituent group for the advancement of the mission and program of the Corporation.   … Western District Conference
  • Current WDC representative:  Wayne Albrecht (2017)
  • Term length:  The length of time that a person is an Advisory Council participant shall be determined by the constituent organization appointing the same, but in no event shall persons serving on the Advisory Council be appointed to serve a single two-year term.  (Two years continuously renewing until time of resignation.)
  • WDC representatives to this board are appointed by the WDC Executive Board.

Western District Women in Mission

  • The mission of the Western District Women in Mission (WDWM) is “to resource women’s groups and individual women as we nurture our life in Christ, study the Bible, utilize our gifts, hear each other, and engage in mission and service.”  All women in Western District churches are members of WDWM.  Furthermore, all members of WDWM are part of Mennonite Women USA.  Women in Mission is supported by donations from women’s groups and individuals.
  • Women in Mission commits itself to:
    a) promote spiritual growth through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and other Christian disciplines;
    b) discern and nurture women’s gifts and skills for leadership and service in the local church and community;
    c) build relationships and networks for support, affirmation, discernment, witness, service, and celebration;
    d) support and strengthen  the mission of Western District Conference.
  • Current President:  Pam Schrag
  • No WDC representative is requested.

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