Joint Conference Vision and Development Team


PNE:  Rev. Jennifer Bannerman: Zion’s UCC Lehighton, Rev. Al Bastin: St. Paul’s UCC Trexlertown, DCM Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates, Rev. Christian Creyer: Chestnut Hill UCC, Moderator Barbara Hanks: Grace UCC Northampton, Helena Lindquist: Long Swamp UCC, Mertztown, Vice Moderator and Co-Chair of the Team Rev. Joanne Marchetto: The Barn, Marlene Ruby: St. John’s UCC Coopersburg

PSE: Ed Bibic: Zwingli UCC, Rev. Michael Bush: UCC at Valley Forge, Rev. John Dawson: Schwarzwald UCC, Moderator and Co-Chair of the Team Rev. Barbara Pence: Peace in Zion UCC, Rev. Cydney Van Dyke: New Goshenhoppen UCC, Rev. Shawn Van Dyke: First UCC Schuylkill Haven, Beth Walker: Old First Reformed UCC, CM Rev. Bill Worley


The 2017 Annual Meeting of the PNEC and the 2017 Spring Meeting of the PSEC approved the creation of the Joint Conference Vision and Development Team to vision and develop a model of a new conference in Eastern PA using information gathered from both conferences to develop a new understanding of conference ministry, identity, purpose and mission for the sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ in Eastern PA.


The timeline to vision and develop a new conference is to be completed by Fall 2018 so that it can be voted on by both conferences at a joint meeting. Should the new conference be approved it will be presented to General Synod 2019 for approval by the General Synod. This timeline is a guide and may change.

What are we doing now?

We are receiving surveys until Thanksgiving.  The survey is available by clicking here.

Join us for our Town Hall Meetings:

November 16, 2017 6:30-8 PM at Zion’s UCC, 225 Iron St. Lehighton

November 18, 10-3, working lunch at PSEC Fall Meeting at First UCC, 110 Route 61 S. Schuylkill Haven


PSEC Co-Chair: Rev. Barbara Pence,

PNEC Co-Chair: Rev. Joanne Marchetto,

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