Board and Committees

  • John Goshow

    Moderator/Conference Board Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
    John Goshow retired after 33 years of service and leadership at Penn Foundation, Sellersville, Pa, where he served as president and CEO for over a decade. John and his wife Janet live near Perkasie, Pa, and are the parents of three adult children. They attend Blooming Glen Mennonite Church where John is a Sunday school teacher. John has served on the Board of Directors of Mennonite Health Services Alliance and in local and regional associations for community building and behavioral healthcare. He brings experience with organizational leadership as well as a social work background, combined with years of service connected with the church.
     

    Gwen Groff

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Bethany
    Gwen Groff has served as pastor of Bethany Mennonite Church in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont since 1999. She grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and completed her undergraduate work at Eastern Mennonite College and Franklin & Marshall College. She later received a master’s degree in Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Lancaster Theological Seminary. While in seminary, Gwen interned with and then served part-time at Community Mennonite Church in Lancaster. Prior to pastoral ministry, Gwen held several roles with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), including working in peace education in the Akron, Pennsylvania office, and at the London Mennonite Center in the United Kingdom. She also served as MCC’s director of women’s concerns. Gwen is married to her husband Robert Buchan, and they have two children - Lilly and Andrew.
     

    Merlin Hartman

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Franconia
    Merlin Hartman lives in Harleysville, Pa, and has attended Franconia Mennonite Church since 1968, serving as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, elder, youth sponsor, and congregational board chair. He was also a member of the Penn View Christian School board for 5 years. Merlin worked at Hatfield Quality Meats for 40 years, working with people from nine different countries in his department. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, are now retired and enjoy many hobbies, six grandchildren, and serving the Lord in different ways.
     

    Jim King

    Conference Secretary
    Congregation: Plains
    Jim King is a member at Plains Mennonite Church. There, he has served as a Sunday School teacher, elder, and youth mentor. In 1991, Jim began as president of KJ Plastics, a plastic recycling company in Lansdale. Jim joined the conference board in 2010, and brings with him a sincere desire to be a faithful steward of what God has given, to make church real and meaningful to young people, and to respect the environment.
     

    Beny Krisbianto

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Nations Worship
    Beny was born in Indonesia, the country with the highest Muslim population in the world, but his parents were Christians. Aside from working for the Conference, Beny has also worked with the Nations Worship Centers in both Iowa and Philadelphia. To relax, Beny watches football and the highlights of soccer games. He came to the US by way of Iowa (go Hawkeyes!). Beny appreciated the support churches in the Conference gave his congregation in 2010 when many in his congregations lost their jobs. Conference groups jumped in to help the congregation. Christopher Dock collected rice and noodles and the Salford and Souderton congregations also helped. “I couldn’t imagine if the congregation had tried to do that by themselves,” he said. He loves that Mennonite community is based in faithfulness to Christ. “I love the vision of the conference that wants to embrace multicultural vision,” he said. “As an immigrant congregation, we feel welcomed to be a part of the conference.”
     

    Angela Moyer

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Ripple
    Angela Moyer is one of five co-pastors at Ripple in Allentown, where her ministry focuses on serving children and women. She is bi-vocational also working at as an occupational therapist for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation. Angela has been working as an occupational therapist since graduating from Elizabethtown College and accepting a post at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). During that time she felt drawn to youth ministry and began working with the youth at her home church, Rockhill Mennonite, eventually serving as youth pastor. She completed her studies at Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s Pennsylvania campus in 2012 and then joined the team at Ripple. Angela enjoys living in Allentown in the intentional community Zumé, in a neighborhood full of people from varied backgrounds and experiences. She brings to the board the perspectives and needs of Lehigh Valley congregations as they continue to grow.
     

    Mary Nitzsche

    Ministerial Committee Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
    Mary Nitzsche began serving Blooming Glen Mennonite Church as pastor with responsibility for Pastoral Care and Spiritual Formation in 2008. She and her husband, Wayne, are Midwest natives. They have two young adult daughters, Alison and Megan. Mary is a graduate of Hesston College and Goshen College and taught elementary school for three years. She received her Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. Prior to coming to Blooming Glen, Mary served 12 years as a regional pastor in Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Mary’s mission is to companion persons on their journey with Jesus pointing them towards the transforming power of the Spirit. Mary has agreed to serve as the Chair of the Conference Board Ministerial Commitiee and as a member of the Conference Board.
     

    Kris Wint

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Finland
     

  • John Goshow

    Moderator/Conference Board Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Merlin Hartman

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Franconia
     

    Jim King

    Conference Secretary
    Congregation: Plains
     

    Ertell Whigham

    Executive Minister
    Congregation: Norristown New Life
     

  • John Goshow

    Moderator/Conference Board Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Jenifer Landis

    Conference Board Finance Committee
    Congregation: Franconia
     

    Conrad Martin

    Director of Finance
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Harold Mellott

    Conference Board Finance Committee
    Congregation: Towamencin
     

    Richard Moyer

    Conference Board Finance Committee
    Congregation: Perkiomenville
     

    Barb Rice

    Conference Board Finance Committee
    Congregation: Deep Run East
     

    Timothy Swartley

    Conference Board Finance Committee
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

  • Verle Brubaker

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Swamp
     

    Ken Burkholder

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Deep Run East
     

    Michael Clemmer

    LEADership Minister/ Credentialing Committee Chair
    Congregation: Towamencin
     

    Marlene Frankenfield

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Salford
     

    Steve Kriss

    Director of Leadership Cultivation & Congregational Resourcing
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
     

    Joshua Meyer

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Franconia
     

    Christian Nickels

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Spring Mount
     

    Mary Nitzsche

    Ministerial Committee Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Janet Panning

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Plains
     

    Jim Williams

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Norristown New Life
     

  • Rose Bender

    Conference Credentials Committee
    Congregation: Whitehall
     

    Verle Brubaker

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Swamp
     

    Marta Castillo

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Norristown New Life
     

    Michael Clemmer

    LEADership Minister/ Credentialing Committee Chair
    Congregation: Towamencin
     

    Steve Kriss

    Director of Leadership Cultivation & Congregational Resourcing
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
     

    Mary Nitzsche

    Ministerial Committee Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Aldo Siahaan

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
     

  • Brian Alderfer

    Conference Board Properties Committee
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    John Goshow

    Moderator/Conference Board Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Conrad Martin

    Director of Finance
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Glen Nemath

    Propertieis Committee Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen