Dick Barrett began his assignment as conference minister in the fall of 2018 on a part-time basis and will begin his full-time work with the Conference in January 2019. A native of New York State, Dick previously pastored at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty for 16 years, four years as associate pastor and 12 years as lead pastor. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York, as well as graduate course work from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Dick and his wife, Mary, reside in West Liberty. They have two sons who live outside of Buffalo, New York, and two daughters and three grandchildren who live near West Liberty. Besides spending time with his family, Dick enjoys reading, golfing and serving on the West Liberty Fire Department.
Cell Phone: 937-935-2549
Ralph Reinford began his assignment as regional pastor in 2011. At first he served the Conference half time, working with congregations in the northeast portion of the Conference. As of August 2013 he is a full-time regional pastor, primarily serving congregations in the eastern part of the Conference. Previously, Ralph was pastor of Wooster Mennonite Church for 14 years. He also has pastoral experience in Virginia Conference in both church planting settings and established congregations. Ralph is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Ralph is married to Barbara Reinford, and they currently live in the Dalton area.
Cell Phone: 330-347-4791 (primary number)
Home Phone: 330-264-1660 (secondary number)
Cliff Brubaker began his assignment as regional pastor in April 2016 on a half-time basis, working with congregations in the western part of the Conference. In September 2016 he transitioned to a full-time assignment with the Conference, with his additional work focusing on the Year of Covenant and building trust between congregations, pastors and the Conference. As of Feb. 1, 2018, he has concluded his additional position with the Conference and is again working one-half time as regional pastor.
Cliff previously served as pastor of Salem Mennonite Church in Waldron, Mich., and has served as transitional pastor at Central Mennonite Church, Pine Grove Mennonite Church, Roanoke Mennonite Church, Lockport Mennonite Church and Zion Mennonite Church. Immediately prior to beginning his work with Ohio Conference, he was director of Amigo Centre in Sturgis, Mich., for five years.
Cliff lives in Hillsdale, Mich., about three miles from the Ohio state line, with his wife, Marilyn Grasse-Brubaker, who recently retired after teaching fourth- and fifth-graders at Camden Frontier Elementary School. They have two adult married children, one living in Uganda, and the other living in Harrisonburg, Va.
Cliff enjoys bike riding, kayaking, and spending time on his 32-acre tree farm, which is planted with pine, spruce, walnut and oak trees. He also is known for shamelessly cheering for the Michigan football team on Saturday afternoons in the fall.
Judy joined the staff of Ohio Conference in July 1997 and has enjoyed getting to know so many people in the congregations of Ohio Conference. Prior to her move to Ohio, Judy worked as a secretary for nearly five years at MMA in Goshen. Before her children were born, Judy taught high school home economics classes for nine years in the Bluffton, Norwayne and Fairless school districts.
Judy was born and raised in Berne, Ind., and graduated from Bluffton College. Judy has three young adult children. She enjoys brisk walks, flower gardening, reading and trying new recipes.
Stan joined the staff at the Ohio Conference office in Kidron, Ohio, in December 1994. His assignment as financial coordinator was split between Ohio Conference and Choice Books of Ohio, which later merged with Choice Books of Great Lakes. In August 2013 he concluded his work with Choice Books of Great Lakes. Stan continues to serve as financial coordinator for Ohio Conference on a contract basis.
Stan and his wife, Pam, live in Louisville, Ohio, and attend Beech Mennonite Church where they are members. They have three children. Steven lives in Columbus, Ohio. Krista and Kathryn live in Canton, Ohio.
Ann joined the Ohio Conference staff in October 1998. An Ohio native, she graduated from Goshen College and Kent State University. Prior to the birth of her children, she taught language arts at Lake Center Christian School in Hartville.
Ann and her husband, Bryan, live in Louisville with their three children, Sarah, Andrew and Alec. They are members of Beech Mennonite Church. Ann enjoys reading, singing, swimming, knitting, cooking and exploring Ohio’s state parks.
Coordinator of Volunteers
Alysa began her work with the Conference in October 2014 and is looking forward to working with the members of Ohio Conference. She is a graduate of Bluffton University and Bowling Green State University and a member of Central Mennonite Church. Prior to her assignement as Coordinator of Volunteers, she was a high school Spanish teacher. Alysa, who is from Archbold, lives with her husband, Mark, and their two young children, Analisa and Micah. She enjoys reading, gardening, sewing and traveling.