Board and Committees

  • John Goshow

    Moderator/Conference Board Chair/Finance Committee Acting 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.”
     

    Steve Kriss

    Executive Minister
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
    Stephen Kriss has worked with Franconia Conference since 2005 beginning focused on young leaders and new initiatives. Previously, he served as a pastor at Mennonite congregations in Somerset County, PA and Staten Island, NY. Steve's also worked in areas of communication, editing and public relations. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and from seminary at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Steve lives in Northwest Philadelphia and is part of Philadelphia Praise Center. He works now with the Conference's credentialing processes, leadership development and serves as a leadership minister with a diverse array of congregations from South Philly to Vermont. Steve also teaches at Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster and has taught at other colleges, universities and seminaries across Pennsylvania.
     

    Paula Marolewski

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Perkiomenville
    Paula Marolewski has been a member of Perkiomenville Mennonite Church for sixteen years, serving in many roles, including adult Sunday School teacher, Minister of Education, and member of the Ministry Council. She was also brought onto the Elder Team in 2013, providing her with the opportunity to contribute to the spiritual leadership and direction of the congregation. Paula hails from the state of New York, having moved to Pennsylvania in 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Creative Writing, graduating in 1993 as salutatorian from Houghton College (Houghton, NY). While very involved in her home congregation, Perkiomenville, Paula also runs her own business as a copywriter, developing marketing materials for companies to promote their products and services.
     

    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.
     

    Smita Ruby Singh

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Whitehall
    Originally from India, Smita Ruby Singh emigrated to the United States in 2000 with her husband Naveen and son Ronak. Growing up in a Christian family, Smita attended a large Presbyterian Church and was actively involved with the church youth group, Youth for Christ (YFC), Evangelical Students Union (EU), children’s ministry, National Council of Church’s in India (NCCI) and Maharashtra Village Ministries (MVM). After moving to the United States, her family began worshipping at Whitehall Mennonite Church, eventually becoming members and getting involved with the various ministries and fellowship there. Holding a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance & Marketing) as well as a Bachelor’s in Computer Science, Physics and Math, Smita has experience as a Google Quality Rating Consultant and also owns an Etsy business, “Rosmina Collections.” She has led women’s groups and youth groups through Bible Study Fellowship International, and as a member of Whitehall, Smita has worked in children’s ministry, helped with fundraisers and served on the budget committee and worship planning committee.
     

    Kris Wint

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Finland
    Kris Wint is lead pastor at Finland Mennonite Church in Pennsburg, PA where he has been attending since 2001 and a member since 2003. Kris was raised with a blend of Methodist and Baptist perspectives but after living a lifestyle of what he calls “practical atheism,” believing in God but acting as if God didn’t exist, Kris reports being transformed by God’s love in an Anabaptist context. Kris was licensed toward ordination with Franconia Conference in 2012 while still a student at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA. Kris also holds a degree in Business Management with a focus in Human Resources from Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife Ginger have four children and they enjoy playing with their “kiddos,” tending to their chickens and goat, being outside, playing sports, and listening to music.
     

  • John Goshow

    Moderator/Conference Board Chair/Finance Committee Acting Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Merlin Hartman

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Franconia
     

    Jim King

    Conference Secretary
    Congregation: Plains
     

    Beny Krisbianto

    Member-at-Large
    Congregation: Nations Worship
     

    Steve Kriss

    Executive Minister
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
     

  • John Goshow

    Moderator/Conference Board Chair/Finance Committee Acting Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Jenifer Landis

    Conference Board Finance Committee
    Congregation: Franconia
     

    Conrad Martin

    Director of Finance/FMC Properties Board Chief Operating Officer
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Richard Moyer

    Conference Board Finance Committee
    Congregation: Perkiomenville
     

    Barb Rice

    Conference Board Finance Committee
    Congregation: Deep Run East
     

  • Sherri Brokopp Binder

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Ripple
     

    Ken Burkholder

    Ministerial Committee Chair
    Congregation: Deep Run East
     

    Michael Clemmer

    LEADership Minister/ Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Towamencin
     

    Marlene Frankenfield

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Salford
     

    Joshua Meyer

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Franconia
     

    Christian Nickels

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Spring Mount
     

    Mary Nitzsche

    Associate Executive Minister
    Congregation: Perkasie
     

    Janet Panning

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Plains
     

    Jim Williams

    Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Norristown New Life
     

  • Rose Bender Cook

    Conference Credentials Committee
    Congregation: Whitehall
     

    Michael Clemmer

    LEADership Minister/ Conference Board Ministerial Committee
    Congregation: Towamencin
     

    Tamira Good

    Conference Credentials Committee
    Congregation: Swamp
     

    Mary Nitzsche

    Associate Executive Minister
    Congregation: Perkasie
     

    Aldo Siahaan

    LEADership Minister
    Congregation: Philadelphia Praise Center
     

    KrisAnne Swartley

    Conference Credentials Committee
    Congregation: Doylestown
     

  • John Goshow

    Moderator/Conference Board Chair/Finance Committee Acting Chair
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Bryan Hunsberger

    FMC Properties Board Secretary/Treasurer
    Congregation:
     

    Henry Longacre

    FMC Properties Board Vice President
    Congregation:
     

    Conrad Martin

    Director of Finance/FMC Properties Board Chief Operating Officer
    Congregation: Blooming Glen
     

    Glen Nemath

    FMC Properties Board President
    Congregation: Blooming Glen