Paula Ulrich is a member of and Associate Pastor with a focus on Pastoral Care, Worship, and Music Ministry to the Oakland Church of the Brethren.
She served on the Church of the Brethren National Older Adult Conference Planning Team for the 2015, 2019, and 2021 conferences, and served on the Worship Planning Team from 2013-2021. Paula was Co-Coordinator of the Worship Planning Team for the 2019 and 2021 conferences.
Paula is a 2008 graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree with distinctions. In 2009-2010, she served on the planning team for the Church of the Brethren Clergy Women's Retreat. Since January 2009, she has served as pastor at Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren (Hagerstown, IN) for 3 years; as a pastor at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville for 8.5 years; and as Associate Pastor at Oakland, beginning in November 2020. Paula served as an adjunct faculty member at Bethany in 2011-2012. As noted, she has been involved with the National Older Adult Planning Team and Worship Planning Teams from 2013-2021.
Paula continues to study, read, and stretch herself in creative ways as a worship leader and preacher; and values spiritual practices as one way to draw closer to Jesus. In her ministry at Oakland, she continues to be impressed with the passion and energy of the congregation as we continue the work of Jesus through loving acts of service in our immediate neighborhoods and beyond. We look forward to what Paula will bring to the district as our Moderator Elect and as Moderator.
Program and Arrangements
She was a member of the District Board from 1991-1997. Karen shares, "I have long been interested in the Brethren and who we have been at our best. As a Church of the Brethren member I frequently attend Annual Conference and District Conference because I am interested in the business of the church and the variety of voices heard at those events. After retiring from teaching in public education, I enrolled as a student at Bethany Theological Seminary. My studies there led me into a deeper understanding of spirituality and the role of hymns, songs, poems, scripture, and sermons to inform our faith, individually and corporately. Teaching elementary students, and serving as office manager for Brethren Life & Thought, helped me practice and hone organizational skills. God's leading drew me to those experiences and I rely on God's wisdom as I discern current and future activities."
District Board (Incumbent)
Mike has 50 years of experience learning and working in settings that have included a very diverse range of people from varying backgrounds and experiences. He shares, “I believe this enables me to appreciate different perspectives and to value diversity which are things that can help in decision-making on behalf of our entire district. Most importantly, I continue to see the hand of God at work in amazing ways through the congregations of the Southern OH/KY District.”
Phil Dell is a member, pastor and Sunday School teacher at the Harris Creek Church of the Brethren.
Phil is returning to the district board after a brief break. He has served as a member and chair person of the SOKD Missional Renewal Commission and President of the District Board in the past.
Phil shares, “I have always had an interest in the life and mission of God’s Kingdom beyond the local church. The Spirit of God works among us to do greater things than any one person could most likely do alone.”
Mindy Tipton is a member of the New Carlise Congre-gation where she has served as their leadership chair, worship leader, a deacon, a member of the choir and vocal team. She is a past District Board member, and also was chair of Shared Minstries. Mindy is currently a member of Camping and Retreat Ministries and a former camp counselor. Mindy shares, "I love all people. Through this love, I enjoy sharing God's love with others beyond my own church walls into the wider church and beyond."