Church Committee

Rev. Katie Jo Bielke
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Rev. Ted Engelsdorfer

Rev. Beverly Kahle
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Ken Perkins
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Mary Kay Richter
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Priscilla Self
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Rev. Mike Southcombe
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Rev. Robert Tripp
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Rev. Shana Johnson, ex officio
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Preparation Committee

Rev. Kris Avise-Rouse
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Clyde Donovan, Chair
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Rev. Christy Eckert
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Rev. John Holst
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Rev. Jerry MeCaskey
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Pastor Don Propeck
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Rev. Gretchen Sterrett
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Rev. Shana Johnson, ex officio
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Authorization Committee

Rev. Jean Carmean
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Rev. Laurie Crelly
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Rev. Hugh Fitz
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Rev. Ivan Horn, Chair
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Carol Reckman
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Rev. Nancy Spier-Lee
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Edna Dell Weinel
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William Whicher
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Rev. Shana Johnson, ex officio
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Term = 3 years, with 2 terms as maximum.

AUTHORIZATION COMMITTEE: Primary responsibilities include all matters relating to the standing and oversight of Commissioned, Licensed and Ordained ministers. This includes development, nurture, maintenance and oversight of the covenantal relationship between authorized ministers of the Illinois South Conference and the United Church of Christ. Qualities of discernment and listening desired for team members.

Time commitment: Currently meets on the 1st Thursday of month from 1 pm – 4 pm, but open to changing the dates to meet the scheduling needs of Committee members. Also requires a few evening and Sunday individual assignments.

CHURCH COMMITTEE: Primary responsibility is the standing and welfare of the congregations of the Illinois South Conference as a covenantal relationship between local congregations and the United Church of Christ. Examples of the ministry include: Search & Call; discernment education, church renewal & maintenance; conflict mediation. Qualities of commitment to, and awareness of, the covenantal nature of the UCC desired.

Time Commitment: Currently meets on the 1st Thursday of month from 9 am – 12 pm, but open to changing the dates to meet the scheduling needs of Committee members. Also requires a few evening and Sunday individual assignments.

PREPARATION COMMITTEE: Responsibility is to address all matters relating to the preparation for, and authorization of, Licensed, Ordained and Commissioned ministers, and persons ordained in another denomination seeking to enter ministry in the United Church of Christ by way of Privilege of Call or Dual Standing. Knowledge of UCC polity (or willingness to learn) and ability to deal with large amounts of information and documentation are desired.

Time Commitment: Monthly weekday meetings, currently 1st Tuesday of the month, in the Conference Office, 10 am – 2 pm. Also requires a few individual Sunday assignments.