FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Church of the Brethren board announces conclusion of Stanley J. Noffsinger’s service as general secretary, appoints Dale Minnich as interim general secretary
Jan. 13, 2016 (Elgin, Ill.) — The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren has reached agreement with Stanley J. Noffsinger that he will conclude his service as general secretary on Friday, Feb. 12.
Dale Minnich began as interim general secretary on a one-quarter-time basis on Jan. 12, and transitions to three-quarter-time upon Noffsinger’s departure. Minnich will serve until a new general secretary is in place, or until another mutually agreed upon time.
During the March 13-16, 2015, meeting in Lancaster, Pa., the board and Noffsinger had decided that Noffsinger’s service would not continue beyond his current contract, which ends June 30, 2016. Noffsinger has served nearly 13 years in the position. At the Church of the Brethren’s Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla., in July 2015, Noffsinger was recognized and thanked for his service before the delegate body.
“We have reached the stage now,” said Mission and Ministry Board chair Don Fitzkee, “where we think it is mutually beneficial for Stan and the board to move to an interim leader. This step frees Stan to actively pursue next steps in his journey, while also enabling the board to more fully enter into a time of transition. We remain grateful for the servant leadership Stan has provided for the church.”
Minnich, of Moundridge, Kan., served nearly 20 years on the denomination’s staff, and chaired the Mission and Ministry Board from 2009-11, during a key transitional time in the formation of the current board configuration. The Strategic Plan currently guiding the board’s work was created during Minnich’s tenure as chair. He has remained close to denominational ministries, serving as a volunteer consultant for interpretation for the Haiti Medical Project.
“We believe Dale brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the interim position and will be a tremendous asset in this role,” said Fitzkee.
The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination committed to continuing the work of Jesus peacefully and simply, and to living out its faith in community. It is based in the Anabaptist and Pietist faith traditions and is one of the Historic Peace Churches. It celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2008. It counts some 120,000 members across the United States and Puerto Rico, with sister churches and missions in Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Haiti, India, Spain.