Lay Ministry

David Koch new EPA Conference Lay Leader

David Koch thanks the Laity Session at Annual Conference for electing him Conference Lay Leader on May 15, as George Hollich, who chairs the Board of Laity Nominations Committee, looks on.  --Sabrina Daluisio photo

David L. Koch (pronounced "Koke"), of Exton, PA, is the new EPA Conference Lay Leader as of July 1, elected at the 2014 Annual Conference in May. He succeeds Dr. Mary White, who served in that role for the past eight years.

Christ Servant Ministries

Christ Servant Ministries programs are available to United Methodists in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and provide opportunities that promote serving, training, and recognition of laity who lead, speak, and care about others.

A Christ Servant Minister is...

  • An active, supportive member of a United Methodist congregation;
  • Eager to serve through the church
  • Well-informed on Scripture, and on the doctrine, heritage, and the life of the United Methodist Church
  • Committed to witnessing through church and community leadership, caregiving ministries, and spoken communication
  • Willing to improve his or her skills by training for service

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Conference Lay Leader

David Koch was elected for his first four-year term to serve as Conference Lay Leader at 2014 Annual Conference Laity Session.

Although you can find a full description for the Conference Lay Leader in The Book of Discipline 2008, the following is an overview of that description:

The Annual Conference Lay Leader is required to be a member of the following committees (he or she may be asked to serve on other committees):

Conference Committees

1.       The Annual Conference

2.       The Conference Committee on Nominations

3.       The Conference Committee on Episcopacy

4.       The Commission on Conference Sessions

5.       The Congregational Transformational Team

6.       Chairperson Board of Lay Ministry (3 Meetings per yr)

7.       Lay Academy Task Forces


      Board of Laity - meets once a year


      National Association of Conference Lay Leaders

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