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Shenandoah District
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P.O. Box 67
1453 Westview School Road

Weyers Cave, VA   24486
Phone:  540.234.8555
Toll Free:  888.308.8555
Fax:  540.234.8333

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Keezletown, VA   22832
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January 2018

(updated 1/22/2018)


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Blue Ribbon Committee

(Renamed District Discernment Team)

A Blue Ribbon Committee, whose formation was announced at the 2017 Shenandoah District Conference, has been organized and has begun its work. As planned, the 10-member committee will meet through 2018, focusing on ways our congregations can covenant anew to work together through divisions that threaten our unity as followers of Christ.

The committee is chaired by Jon Prater, pastor of the Mt. Zion/Linville Church of the Brethren and immediate past chair of the District Leadership Team. Joining him on the committee are Jonathan Brush (Lebanon), Heather Driver (Bridgewater), Hobert Harvey (Bethel/Mayland), Terry Jewell (Knights Chapel), LaDawn Knicely (Beaver Creek), David R. Miller (Montezuma), Carter Myers (Mill Creek), Nate Rittenhouse (New Hope) and Karen Shiflet (Mt. Bethel). The committee also will be served by three ex-officio members and three consultants.

Click here for the full description of the purpose, tasks and structure of the committee.

Click here for District Executive Minister John Jantzi's August pastor letter referenced in the previous document.

Click here for the minutes from the Committee's first meeting on Feb. 25, 2018.

Click here for minutes from the March 18, 2018, meeting.

Click here for minutes from the April 15, 2018, meeting.

Click here for minutes from the May 20, 2018, meeting.

2017 District Conference

Closes With Salt Covenant

After a day of worship, the 2017 Shenandoah District Conference closed with a covenant of salt as each worshiper emptied a small container of colored salt crystals into a larger vessel, signifying a commitment to claiming our common identity as followers of Christ.

Jon Prater, pastor of Mt. Zion/Linville Church of the Brethren and chair of the District Leadership Team, led the closing service. Noting that the District will be continuing to work through issues that have led to tension and division, he invited worshipers to express their willingness to be a part of that process. By adding salt to the common vessel, he said, "we are convenanting to hold hands and cross this busy intersection together."

Also during the service, Richi Yowell, pastor of Mt. Olivet Church of the Brethren, was consecrated as 2018 moderator and George Bowers, pastor of Antioch Church of the Brethren, as moderator-elect.

Saturday attendance was 295, and an offering to support District ministries totaled $1,523.

In an abbreviated business session Saturday afternoon, the delegates:

  • Approved a slate of officers for 2018 that included George Bowers as moderator-elect; Tom Williams, Charlottesville CoB, Gifts Discernment and Calling Team; Gail Oleyar, Mt. View Fellowship, Program & Arrangements Committee; Wayne Pence, Mt. View Fellowship, District Leadership Team chair; and Don Driver Jr., Timberville, Service Ministries Team chair;
  • Learned that a 10-member Blue Ribbon Committee, including both pastors and laity, will be named to develop a plan for working through the divisive issues threatening our unity;
  • Adopted a 2018 budget of $354,073 - an increase of $1,145 over the 2017 budget. Included are 1 percent pay raises for staff and a $6,000 line item to hire a part-time Director of Church Revitalization and Planting; and
  • Recognized the 13-year service of Elby Wilson, who retired Aug. 31 as District treasurer.


After the annual Milestones In Ministry dinner, the conference opened Friday evening with worship led by Conference Moderator J. Diann Whetzel, co-pastor of Front Royal Church of the Brethren. She preached on her Conference theme, "Taking Spiritual Inventory."

Friday attendance was 185; an offering of $2,145 was received for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico through the Emergency Disaster Fund.


Is Hospitality YOUR Gift?

The Shenandoah District is developing a list of potential hosts when guests are in the District and need (or prefer) home-based lodging. If you have an extra bedroom and could offer a light breakfast to overnight guests, please fill out the host form below. It can be emailed to or mailed to Shenandoah District CoB, PO Box 67, Weyers Cave, Va., 24486.

Hospitality Host Form

You will always have the final say on whether to extend hospitality when the need arises. Thank you!


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