board of ministry
& conference delegate Candidates
 

The Board of Ministry (BOM) at The Arbor Church is currently a group of nine men and women chosen by the vote of our members and entrusted with leadership oversight of the church.  As a governing board, they collaboratively work alongside of the appointed lead pastor offering wise counsel to ensure we are being faithful to our disciple-making mission.  In addition, they give fiduciary oversight to the church and see that we adhere to best practices that honor Jesus.

 

 

Current Elected Board of Ministry

 

Christy Cottingham   2024

Bob Ganton              2024

Joel Miller                 2024        

Faith Holton              2023
Jann Kilgore             2023
Steve Rick                2023
Stan Garn                 2022
Miriam Gin                2022
Kendra St. John        2022

 

The Nominating Committee proposes the following slate of candidates for the three open Board of Ministry positions in 2022. These individuals have met criteria for service and are willing to be on the ballot. 

 

Stan Garn 

Miriam Gin 

Misty Jones 

Drew Raines 

Jon Schaible 

Jake Sondergard

Deb Varland  

Board of ministry 2021 Nominees

Conference delegate

 2021 Nominees

The Conference Delegates represent the people at the Annual Conference, etc.

Current Elected Conference Delegates
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The Nominating Committee proposes the following slate of candidates for the three(?) open Conference Delegate positions in 2021. These individuals have met criteria for service and are willing to be on the ballot. 

Steve Castle

Matt Gin

Todd Holton

Gerrilee Lacy

Betty Walrath

Board of ministry 2021 Nominees

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Jake Sondergard 

Conference delegate

 2021 Nominees

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Jake and his wife Anna (and their kids Joshua and Abigail) live in Spring Arbor and have been attending the Arbor Church for almost three years. After graduating from SAU, Jake and Anna spent seven years in Pittsburgh, attending an inner city church and volunteering with student ministries. Investing in the spiritual development of the next generation continues to be a passion for Jake and he’s currently serving as a youth leader at the Arbor. He has spent time in short term missions in Haiti, Mexico, France, and inner city Pittsburgh. Jake graduated from SAU in 2008 and completed an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. He is currently the Operations Manager at the Eaton/Danfoss hydraulics plant in Jackson.

Deb Varland 

Deb Varland recently returned to Spring Arbor after serving in Kenya missions for 5 years. Prior to that Deb taught at SAU for 35 years. Deb and her husband, Roger, have 4 children. She currently works part time at Jackson Interfaith Shelter.  Deb’s hobbies include outdoor activities, walking with friends, and drinking tea. 

Delegates serve by representing the church at the Southern Michigan Conference's annual meeting.

 

The Nominating Committee proposes the following slate of candidates for the three Conference Delegate positions in 2022. These individuals have met criteria for service and are willing to be on the ballot. 

 

 

Carol Ann Bunnell

Curt Ellis 

Danette Harper 

Janette Miller