ACC Announces Next Executive Conference Minister

Friends of Atlantic Coast Conference,

We are excited to share with you that after unanimous delegate affirmation Joanne Dietzel will serve as the next Executive Conference Minister of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Joanne will succeed Merv Stoltzfus, who will retire on March 31 after 35 years of ministry with ACC. Her role will begin April 1.

Joanne has faithfully served in ministry for many years and has excelled in her current role as a Conference Minister for ACC.  She possesses a deep love and understanding of the conference, specifically of the leaders and congregations which compose it. Serving as Executive Conference Minister will allow her to continue supporting congregations as a pastor to their pastors, while also providing the administrative skills and needed leadership to the role.

Joanne’s familiarity with ACC will also provide stability during a season of church life where much feels uncertain. Her passion, love, and desire to see ACC thrive was clearly evident to both the Search and Executive Committees who recommended Joanne to delegates.

Many thanks to the Search Committee who met with several excellent candidates and made the initial recommendation: Todd Gusler, chair, Jannat Veras, Sandy Smoker, and Steve Crane.

Please join us in celebrating Joanne’s ministry as she transitions to this new role in April. Thanks to each of you for your continued support of ACC.


Gina Burkhart

Moderator, Atlantic Coast Conference