The Board of Central District Conference is pleased to announce that Doug Luginbill has been named as our new Conference Minister, beginning August 15, 2016. Doug brings 14 years of pastoral ministry experience, 7 years of experience as Director of Camp Friedenswald in Michigan, and most recently, over 6 years of administrative experience as Director of Resource Development and Church Relations at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. He holds a BA in Sociology and Religion from Bluffton University and a Master of Divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Doug is currently a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio, where he lives with his wife Paula. Doug and Paula have two adult children, son Jonathan and his wife Kara Marang, and daughter Carissa.
Doug brings a warm personality, strong listening skills, and gifts of writing and singing to the role of Conference Minister. One of Doug’s references stated, “Doug is a man of God, devoted to Christ and the church, with a servant’s heart and willingness to work hard at conversations that require intentionality and care.” In the interview process, Doug shared his understanding of CDC’s vision as: “Living as a conference of churches that is centered in God, discipled in Christ, and commissioned in love.”
Lois Johns Kaufmann, Conference Minister of CDC for the past eight years, will conclude her term on July 31. Acknowledgment and celebration of Lois’s ministry will take place during CDC’s Annual Meeting, held in Columbus, Ohio, June 23-25.
In peace and fellowship,
Central District Conference Board
Lisa Weaver, President
Arman Habegger, President-Elect
Carrie Mast, Secretary
Roger Nafziger, Treasurer