Franconia Conference announces interim conference ministry assignments

In the midst of staffing changes, Noel Santiago, executive minister announced the following realignments for conference ministry responsibilities, effective immediately.

Walter Sawatzky has been named as an associate conference minister on a contractual basis serving with Line Lexington, Plains, Rockhill, Souderton, Vietnamese Gospel congregations.

Steve Kriss, Director of Communication and Leadership Cultivation, will serve as primary liaison with Lakeview, Mennonite Bible and New Life (Athens, PA) congregations as well as an emerging faith community in the Poconos that has its roots in the former Spruce Lake Fellowship. Kriss will continue to serve as primary contact with Philadelphia Praise Center.

Noel Santiago will now serve as conference minister with Partner in Ministry congregation, New Hope Fellowship in Alexandria, Virginia. He will continue to serve the congregations of the Berks-Montgomery area, the Lehigh Valley as well as Nueva Vida Norristown New Life and Perkasie congregations.

These appointments emphasize the conference’s commitment to congregations and relationships. These shifts, though to some degree temporary, represent commitments to serve with congregations in ways that uphold Anabaptist and missional convictions while new conference ministry models are explored.