Our Teams

The Board of Ministry of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference is sub-divided into several "working" teams to carry out the Disciplinary functions of the Board. Four of the more important teams doing the work of the Board are listed below. A complete listing of the board members and their individual team assignments can be downloaded here.

Sheryl Palmer

Board of Ordained Ministry Chair

Sheryl Palmer, Board Chair

Sheryl@champaignfaith.org

217-359-3631 -- church

217-355-8247 -- home

Paul Dinges 

Conference Relations Team

Paul Dinges, Team Leader

pdinges@sugarcreek.org

217-697-4652 -- church

217-697-8132 -- home

Zach Waldis

Mentor Coordination and Training

Zachary Waldis, Team Leader

zwaldo86@gmail.com

309-385-4487 -- church

618-558-2376 -- home

Tom Goodell

Assessment of Ministerial Recruitment

Thomas Goodell, Team Leader

tomsherrygoodell@gmail.com

618-283-3684 -- church

618-842-7608 -- home

Julia Melgreen

Residence in Ministry (RIM)

Julia Melgreen, Team Co-Leader

juliamelgreen@yahoo.com

217-356-9078 -- church

217-356-5365 -- home

Casey Taylor

Casey Taylor, Team Co-Leader

pastorcaseytaylor@gmail.com

217-328-1445 -- church

217-367-1046 -- home

Vince Rohn

Ministerial Effectiveness Review Team

Vince Rohn, Team Leader

rohn7@hotmail.com

309-342-3197 -- church

217-553-1858 -- home

 Beth Fender

Continuing Formation Team

Beth Fender, Team Leader

bfender@igrc.org

217-529-2611 -- office

217-728-4943 -- home

 

Team Descriptions

The Conference Relations Team maintains accountability and ethical standards with all Conference members (635.2r, 605.6) and when necessary, examines and makes recommendations to BOM on special ministries for which members seek appointments** (635.2s) They also make recommendations in Conference Relationship, interviewing persons when deemed necessary.

The Mentor Team works closely with the Discernment Coordinator in the recruitment and training of mentors for candidates during candidacy and as clergy members for local pastors and provisional members (349). It oversees the structure and administration of the Candidacy Summit event.

The Assessment Team tracks candidates for Ordained Ministry, keeping in contact with them throughout their seminary career. They work closely with seminaries and universities to target and recruit future ministry leaders.

The Residence in Ministry Team works with newly-graduated seminary students who have just been Commissioned as they transition from the academic from the academic setting into the ministry setting of the local church. The team also works with each Clergy Person as they prepare for their Ordination interviews.

The Ministerial Effectiveness Review Team (MERT) is charged with providing candidates written guidelines (635.2h) and establish the criteria of the disciplinary and annual conference requirements for the local pastor, associate members, provisional membership and full membership (635.2g,i), interview and examine all candidates as to their fitness and giftedness for ministry, and they work with the Cabinet as they develop standards for clergy effectiveness in cooperation with the Cabinet (636.2q, 604.4, 350).

The Continuing Formation Team assesses the needs, develops and promotes continuing education and formation opportunities for ordained ministers, associate members and local pastors (634.2n-p,u, 334.2b). They promote, implement, and supervise certification programs for lay and clergy (634.1c, 634.2t, 351). They also administer MEF Continuing Education Standards and grants and organize the annual New Pastor Orientation.