Merv Stoltzfus, Executive Conference Minister
Merv lives in Smoketown, PA with his wife Jan. They have one married daughter and a grandson. His responsibilities at ACC include congregational and youth ministries…equipping, encouraging and mentoring ministries. He desires to see pastors and lay leaders be successful in their ministry responsibilities, and encourages healthy practices for leadership teams so that they might lead effectively. Developing the gifts of all persons is a ministry priority. He has enjoyed opportunities to volunteer with Mennonite Church USA serving on Convention Planning Committee’s, and on the Youth Leadership Team, which gives denominational leadership to youth ministry. Merv is energized by the joy he has experienced through the last 36 years encouraging youth to choose Faith and live life! He is passionate about passing on faith to youth and others through a wide spectrum of ministries. In his spare time, Merv enjoys woodworking, classic vehicles, the beach, but time with his eight year old grandson is a priority!
Joanne Dietzel, Conference Minister
Joanne lives outside of Strasburg with her husband Dan. They have a son, Andrew, married to Julie, and a daughter, Angela. They also have one granddaughter, Adelyn. Her responsibilities include supporting and resourcing pastors, resourcing congregational leadership groups, and connecting with pastoral clusters. Joanne desires that pastors and lay leaders not only do their best in carrying out ministry responsibilities, but that they do so with joy and a passion for Christ’s church. She is energized by learning to know people and hearing their stories as well as encouraging people in their life journey. In her spare time, Joanne enjoys planning for and leading worship, playing piano, reading, greenhouse “hopping”, gardening, shopping and being grandma to Adelyn.
Sylvia Shirk, Conference Minister for New York City
Sylvia E. Shirk is grateful that in Christ, we “have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) She has been pastor at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship, NY, since 2006. Her previous ministry experience includes campus ministry in Indiana, pastoral roles in Indiana and Massachusetts, and mission work in Belgium. She studied at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and graduated from Episcopal Divinity School and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Sylvia works part time with immigrants in New York courts and hospitals as an interpreter of French and Haitian Creole. She is grandma to three amazing little boys, and mother of two daughters and a son.
Dwight Rohrer, Conference Youth Minister
Dwight lives in Manheim PA with his wife Jenny. They have four children and a granddaughter. He grew up in the Neffsville congregation and serves there as Associate Pastor of Youth Ministries since 1999. He will be serving ACC as youth pastor, encouraging and mentoring youth leaders and representing ACC for Mennonite Church USA. He loves youth and is passionate about seeing them become like Christ. He enjoys hunting, skiing and carpentry.
Brook Musselman, Conference Coordinator
Brook lives in Mountville with his wife Laura and son Silas. He is a 2012 graduate of Eastern Mennonite Univeristy where he studied Peacebuilding and Development, Business Administration and History. Brook helped coordinate the Mennonite World Conference Global Youth Summit in 2015, served in a variety of positions at Camp Men-O-Lan over six summers, worked as a community adviser at EMU for two years, and completed a six-month term with EMM as a YES team leader in Kenya. Brook enjoys the fulfilling work of facilitating ministry with ACC, in addition to biking, backpacking, and warm apple cider.
Njoki Njoroge, Financial Secretary
Njoki and her husband Peter are originally from Kenya. They now reside in Ephrata, Pennsylvania with their two young boys. Njoki enjoys being part of the ACC family where she serves as the Finance Secretary, a role that has deepened her knowledge and understanding of how God uses His people to minister to others in different capacities. Her favorite season is summer so she can go to the beach and tend to her flowers, but she is finding a lot of fun things that boys are into also.
Lois Ann Mast
Currents Newsletter Editor, Resource Advocate
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Lois Ann served for five years each as librarian at Lancaster Mennonite High School and then Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society before marrying Lemar Mast. Together they have enjoyed pursuing interests in history, genealogy, and publishing. They and their three children are involved in different facets at Masthof Press & Bookstore, Morgantown, Pa. Lois Ann serves as Mennonite Church USA Advocate for ACC which contributes to her role as editor of the ACC Currents. She also enjoys editing the quarterly Mennonite Family History, leading heritage tours to Europe, and their five grandchildren!
Cindy Petersheim, Conference-Related Ministries Council Coordinator
Cindy Petersheim recently retired from Messiah College after 15 of her 28 professional years in development fundraising. Her career included training and expertise in charitable estate planning, major gifts, annual fund, and donor relations. Additionally, Cindy worked as Director of Development at Lancaster Mennonite High School during the first past of her career. Cindy studied at Millersville and AMBS. She moved to Morgantown to her husband’s (Bob) home area 15 years ago where Bob has served as pastor of Conestoga Mennonite Church for the past 5 years. Past Board involvements included Bridge of Hope – National and United Disabilities Services/Development. Present Board involvements include Home International (India orphanages) and Tel Hai Retirement Board. Bob and Cindy have two grown daughters and 5 grandchildren. Hobbies include traveling with friends, book club participation and keeping up with the grandchildren.
Lemar & Lois Ann Mast, Conference Historians
Lemar and Lois Ann Mast serve as ACC Historians and are available to assist persons preparing for church anniversaries. This includes compiling a booklet or book to pass on to future generations. “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” Psalm 16:6.