Joint Conference Vision and Development Team


PNE:  Rev. Jennifer Bannerman: St. Paul’s UCC Kutztown, Rev. Al Bastin: St. Paul’s UCC Trexlertown, DCM Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates, Barbara Hanks: Grace UCC Northampton, Helena Lindquist: Long Swamp UCC, Mertztown, 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, 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.


PSEC Co-Chair: Rev. Barbara Pence,

PNEC Co-Chair: Ms. Barbara Hanks,

What are we doing now?

(9/18/18) As the JCVDT was tasked to do at the Spring Annual Meetings of the PNE and PSE Conferences in 2017, we’ve created a draft new conference structure, a draft staff model for the new conference and the draft Vision, Mission, Purpose and Values statements for a new conference. These drafts came into reality following more than a year of intensive prayer, study of our conferences, listening to our pastors and lay people and visioning together the future God is calling us to live into.

On August 23, 2018, the PNEC Board of Directors discussed these drafts and unanimously voted to move forward with the process by sending them to the PNEC Fall Meeting on November 3, 2018 for discussion and vote with their recommendation to create a new conference.

On September 15, 2018, the PSEC Consistory discussed these drafts and voted to move forward with the process to create a new conference. These drafts will be discussed and voted on at the PSEC Fall Meeting on November 10, 2018 with the Consistory’s recommendation to create a new conference.

Opportunities to discuss these drafts will take place in October. Please watch for the dates to be announced and plan to be a part of the discussion.

The motion to create a new conference will be presented at both Annual Fall Meetings and the vote will be a yes or no vote with no opportunity to make changes to the motion. You may read the motion in the document section with further explanation. When you read the motion, you’ll see that the nominees for the new governance structure haven’t been filled in. These nominees will be named once PSEC Consistory decides to move forward with the process by the nomination committee of each conference.

Should both conferences vote to continue the process to create a new conference, a motion will go to General Synod 2019 to change the boundaries of the conferences to create a new conference.

To help answer some of the questions you may have we’ve included a Frequently Asked Questions document.

Please pray that we will see God’s vision for us moving forward and we can live into it together.



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