Members of Ohio Conference congregations who volunteer their time play a vital role in Conference life. Without the help of numerous volunteers, many of the programs and functions of the Ohio Conference could not take place.

Much of the work of Ohio Conference is done by the Leadership Team, the Ministry Development Team, the Credentialing Ministry, the Stewardship Ministry and the Gifts Discernment Ministry. Delegates at Annual Conference Assembly affirmed the following individuals for service:

Terry Shue
Home congregation: Salem Mennonite (Kidron)
Occupation: Director of development at Central Christian School
Previous service: Pastor to congregations in Ohio Conference, director of leadership development for Mennonite Church USA
Family information: Terry and Kay live in Kidron, and Kay is a music teacher in the Orrville school system. Terry and Kay have three grown daughters and five grandchildren.
Goals: To walk with the staff and other leaders and pastors of Ohio Conference through a challenging time to clarify and embrace the vision that God has for us as a people.
Hobbies/special interests: I enjoy making functional pottery, wood-fired pizza, hiking and talking about the Camino, gardening, and hanging out with our grandchildren!


Assistant Moderator
 Paula Snyder Belousek
Home congregation: Salem Mennonite (Elida)
Occupation: Pastor
Previous service: (Ohio Conference) Assistant moderator, chaired conference pastor search committee, Missional Planning Team, helped plan pastor-spouse and women in leadership retreats
Family information:  Married to Darrin; mother to Liam
Goals: In collaboration with Ministry Development Team to develop resources and relevant programming to assist congregations, pastors and members to better love God and neighbor, to develop and support women leaders, and to assist the Conference in navigating the challenges of this present moment, while keeping Jesus at our center.
Hobbies/special interests: Learning about different cultures and people, international cooking/foods, walking, traveling, reading


Stewardship Ministry — Chair
Andrew Blount
Home congregation: Bethel Mennonite (West Liberty)
Occupation: Non-profit administrator





Stewardship Ministry — Finance Focus
Name: Lyle Troyer
Home congregation: Peace Mennonite (Elyria)
Occupation: Retired treasurer
Previous service: Secretary for Mennonite Men, member of Stewardship Ministry
Family information: Married to Edna Troyer
Goals: Good stewardship of Conference contributions
Hobbies/special interests: Reading through the entire  Bible each year


Stewardship Ministry — Stewardship Focus
Roger Crossgrove
Home congregation: Zion Mennonite (Archbold)
Occupation: Retired farmer
Previous service: Member of Stewardship Ministry




Credentialing Ministry
  Doug King
Home congregation:  Tedrow Mennonite (Wauseon)
Occupation:  Pastor
Previous service: Member of Credentialing Ministry, mentor for several pastors during their licensing period
Family information: Wife, Paula; children — Danielle,  Megan and Trevor
Goals: I look forward to meeting credentialed leaders from across the Ohio Conference. I hope to continue finding ways to encourage pastors and leaders to be healthy in all areas of ministry and life.
Hobbies/special interests: I enjoy hiking, biking, gardening, and backyard meteorology.

Credentialing Ministry
Myron Weaver
Home congregation: Maple Grove Mennonite (Hartville)
Occupation: Executive director, OrrVilla Retirement Community
Previous service: Pastor, member of Credentialing Ministry
Family information:  Married to Sheryl Weaver; we have two married sons and four grandchildren.
Goals: To support and empower current pastors, and to encourage others to consider the call to the ministry.
Hobbies/special interests: Travel, reading, bike riding and walking


Credentialing Ministry
Name: Deanna (Dee) Custar
Home congregation: Salem (Waldron, Michigan)
Occupation: Williams County CASA coordinator, retired pastor
Previous service: In past — Credentialing Ministry, Ministry Development Team; currently — contact person for sexual misconduct complaints
Family information: Married to (recently-retired-busy-with-projects) Dan; mother to two sons (and daughters-in-law); grandmother to two granddaughters and three grandsons; great-grandmother to two great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons
Goals: To learn the responsibilities of the Credentialing Ministry and support the Ministry in any way I can.
Hobbies/special interests: playing dulcimer, interacting with people from different cultures, throwing pottery and hanging out with our grandkids


Ministry Development Team
Name: Dan King
Occupation: Retired pastor/teacher
Previous service: Pastor at Dover Christian Fellowship for three years, pastor at Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville for nine and a half years, member of Ministry Development Team for four years, member of Immigration Resource Team for two and a half years
Family information: Married to Jeanette Neuenschwander King; two adult sons — Matthew (Renata) and Philip (Amanda)
Goals: To be part of a team (Ministry Development Team) that helps congregations become healthier as they pursue their God-given mission
Hobbies/special interests: Gardening, beekeeping, kayaking, hiking, reading

Ministry Development Team

— Witness Focus Leader
Joel Shenk
Home congregation: Toledo Mennonite
Occupation: Pastor of Toledo Mennonite Church since 2010
Previous service: I served on the Missional Church Task Force of Ohio Conference, and I am currently on the Leadership Development Task Force of Ohio Conference. Prior to coming to Ohio Conference, I worked at the  Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference as the director of learning and service ministries.  I graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with an M.Div.
Family information: I am married to Emiley and have two daughters, Roslyn (10) and Lizette (7)
Goals: My goal is to link the good work that was begun (and is ongoing) with the Missional Church Task force to the work of the Ministry Development Team.  Hopefully, we will continue to help Ohio Conference churches embrace God’s missional calling.
Hobbies/special interests: I enjoy fly fishing, reading, and running.

Ministry Development Team
— Prayer Coordinator
Dan Hooley
Home congregation: First Mennonite (Canton)
Occupation: Interim pastor
Previous service: Member of Ministry Development Team, member and interim chair of Credentialing Ministry, former pastor of First Mennonite and interim pastor at Friendship Mennonite (Bedford Heights) and LifeBridge Community Church (Dover)



Ministry Development Team
Shawn Hilliard
Home congregation: Martins Mennonite (Orrville)
Occupation: Pastor
Previous service: Member of Ministry Development Team, member of Leadership Development Resource Team




Ministry Development Team
 Judy York
Home congregation: Tedrow Mennonite (Wauseon)
Occupation: Family readiness program manager (quality of life programs), accredited financial counselor, and certified federal resume and job search coach
Family information: Four grown and married children, six grandchildren
Goals: To learn more about the work of Ohio Conference and share my expertise and creativity to help advance the goals and vision of the Conference
Hobbies/special interests:  I enjoy crafting; making decor for my home and as gifts for friends and family.  I am currently building my skillset in photo and video editing and enjoy using that to create fun, informational and inspirational graphics for social media sites, flyers and more!  I love music and am an active member of our church music team. Besides singing and playing piano, I am currently expanding my musical capabilities by working with a keyboard/synthesizer and learning to play bass guitar.  I want to enhance the worship experience of our congregation through the talents that God has given to me.

Gifts Discernment Ministry
Erin Dye
Home congregation: Oak Grove Mennonite (West Liberty)
Occupation: Social worker/behavioral health therapist
Previous service: Licensed chaplain with Adriel, Inc.
Family information: Husband, Alex Dye; children, Rivers (3 years old) and Eben (1 year old)
Goals: To show support for Ohio Conference and its ministries
Hobbies/special interests: Running, walks with friends, yoga, baking


Gifts Discernment Ministry
Marilyn Rossiter
Home congregation: Friendship Mennonite (Bedford Heights) and Columbus Mennonite
Occupation: Vocal coach, musician, pastor
Previous service: Pastor, Summit Mennonite (Barberton); member of Gifts Discernment Ministry
Family information: Married 47 years to Hank Rossiter, mother to two daughters, Sarah Nussbaum and Becca JR Lachman, companion to rescue dogs — currently Bruno, lab mix of 11 years
Hobbies/special interests: Lover of nature, books, justice and new recipes, hobby — hammered dulcimer/recorder at Christmas

Gifts Discernment Ministry
Jared Chase
Home congregation: Sharon Mennonite (Plain City)
Occupation: Pastor
Previous service: Served Sharon as youth pastor for nine years before being affirmed into the lead pastor role in 2019. This is my first official Conference service.
Family information: My wife, Sarah, and I have been married for 15 years. She serves on the Mennonite Church USA convention planning team. We have three children, Emma (12),  Noah (9) and Julia (3).
Goals: My personal goal is to make connections across the Conference and learn more about how Conference works. In terms of the work that I will be doing, I hope to help others see the great value we each bring to Conference through serving in new ways. I pray that this is an enriching experience for myself and others as they seek to hear God’s voice and leading.
Hobbies/special interests: Our family really enjoys playing games and finding ways to serve. I also enjoy helping coach my son’s baseball team.


Gifts Discernment Ministry
Hardaye Ramjit
Home congregation: Lee Heights Community Church (Cleveland)
Occupation: Pastor
Previous service: Member of Gifs Discernment Ministry