Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team is the highest governing body between sessions of the US National Conference. The ELT meets twice a year.

The US National Conference elects eight of the members, including one layperson and one minister from each of the four geographic regions. They are elected to four-year terms, but the terms are staggered, so that the terms of half of the members expire every two years.

The bishop then nominates, and the ELT appoints, four members at large–again, one from each region, with two ministers and two laypersons. These persons are appointed to two-year terms. The appointee is the third person listed with each region on the left.

View the chapter in the Discipline about the Executive Leadership Team.

Todd Fetters
Bishop of the US National Conference
Chairman, ELT

Previous ELT service: 2005-2012, 2015-2017, 2017-2021

East Region

Marc Stephenson
Senior Pastor / First UB Church
New Castle, Pa.
Term ends: 2025

Previous ELT service: first term

Janis Creason
Layperson / County Treasurer
Devonshire Church
Harrisburg, Pa.
Term ends: 2023

Previous ELT service: 2015-2021

Dale Perry
Layperson
Director of Training and Development, Arrow Land Solutions, LLC,
Mount Pleasant Church
Chambersburg, Pa.
Term ends: 2023

Previous ELT service: 2019-2021

Central Region

Ruth Nietz

Ruth Nietz
Layperson
Mainstreet UB Church
Walbridge, Ohio
Term ends: 2025

Previous service: first term

Dan VanArsdalen

Dan VanArsdalen
Senior Pastor / Aldvordton and Kunkle UB churches
Northern Ohio
Term ends: 2023

Previous ELT service: first term (appointed to complete an unexpired term)

Michael Elkins

Michael Elkins
Senior Pastor / New Hope Community Church
Bryan, Ohio
Term ends: 2023

Previous ELT service: first term

North Region

Matt McConnell
Layperson
Journey Community Church
Commerce, Mich.
Term ends: 2025

Previous service: 2017-2021

Tom Datema

Tom Datema
Senior Pastor / Gaines UB Church
Caledonia, Mich.
Service ends: 2023

Previous ELT service: 2005-2007

Joni Michaud
Attorney
Pleasant Valley UB Church
Lake Odessa, Mich.
Term ends: 2023

Previous ELT service: 2019-2021

West Region

Brian Kramer
Pastor of Middle School Ministries / Emmanuel Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Term ends: 2025

Previous ELT service: first term

Tomi Cardin
Director of Redemption House Ministries
Anchor Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Term ends: 2023

Previous ELT service: 2015-2019

Victor Mojica
Pastor of Spanish congregation
Clearview UB church
Goshen, Ind.
Term ends: 2023

Previous ELT service: 2019-2021

Advisory Members (National Directors)

Frank Y

Frank Yang
Executive Director of UB Global

Steve Dennie
Director of Communications

Marci Hammel
Director of Finance

Mike Dittman
Director of National Ministries

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton
President of Huntington University
Director of Higher Education

Jim Bolich

Jim Bolich
Director of Ministerial Licensing
Senior pastor, Mount Pleasant UB Church (Chambersburg, Pa.)

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