Our Leadership: Board of Directors

Current Board Members

2018-2021 TERM 2019-2022 TERM 2020-2023 TERM
Able Baker, Hardin, MT
Able has been in pastoral ministry for the last seventeen years. He presently serves the Christ Evangelical & Reformed congregation in Hardin, Montana. Having served five years as a worship pastor in Washington and the last twelve years as a senior pastor in Oregon, British Columbia and Montana.  He and his wife Abbe  have three children Jackson, Chloe and Lucy.
Peter Balentine, Newburyport, MA
Pete is currently in a ministry transition.
DAVID BODANZA,
Leominster, MA
David is the pastor of Mission of Grace Church in Gardner, MA, and an attorney with Bodanza & Bodanza Law Offices in Leominster, MA. His practice has centered on representing individuals, businesses, churches, denominations and non-profit organizations for the past 30 years. David holds a Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law. He is a member of the state and federal bars in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is an ordained minister and holds an M.Div degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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Michael is the pastor of the Salem Reformed Church in Menno.  He has served as the chair of the Conference Growth Committee and is the Treasurer for the Upper Midwest Congregational Fellowship.
John Fanella, Cheyenne, WY
John has been in pastoral ministry for 25 years and part of the CCCC since 2000. He has served the CCCC in the past as Great Plains Area Representative, Chairman of the Editorial Committee, and as a member of the Nominating Committee. He was a speaker at the Annual Gathering in Lansing, MI in 2002.
GAYLE BUFORD, Oveido, FL
Gayle works part-time as administrative assistant at Palmwood Church. She retired almost two years ago from a forty-year career in education, where she served variously in three states as a teacher, supervisor, and instructional coach, working with people of all levels and all ages from elementary through adult. Her husband is recently retired from CRU. Together they were trained as CCCC coaches for Natural Church Development and she is trained as a CCCC Turning Point Interventionist.
JOE MARLIN, Gloucester City, NJ
Pastor Joe Marlin currently serves at Epiphany Church of Gloucester City as the senior and founding pastor. He has served on the mission field for five years with Africa Inland Mission providing theological education for rural pastors in Rwanda, and as an associate Pastor in a couple other churches in the Philadelphia area Joe just recently began writing his dissertation on “overcoming the barriers of raising up leaders in marginalized communities,” in a Doctorate of Ministerial Leadership program at Columbia International University where he also earned his Masters of Arts in Theological Studies.
Joan Granitsas, Revere, MA
Joan is a pastor’s wife and has partnered with her husband at the First Congregational Church of Revere, Massachusetts for 44 years. She has been a leader of the CCCC New England Women’s Annual Retreat since its inception. She is retired from her career as an RN/ Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
DAVID MCKINLEY, Schwenksville, PA
Dave is the Senior Pastor of Central Schwenkfelder Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. He has been an ordained minister with the CCCC since 1996, serving churches in Missouri, Kansas and Pennsylvania. David is the former Area Representative for eastern Pennsylvania.
Thomas Turner (TJ),
Woodbury, MN
TJ is pastor of  the Woodbury Community Church in Woodbury, MN.  TJ, his wife Kerstin, and their two children live in Woodbury where he is working to bring a renewed sense of mission to the church. TJ has an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC.
Michael McDonald,
Bancroft, MI
is a current member of the CCCC Board of Directors. He has 17 years of professional ministry behind him, and several years of volunteer lay leadership before that. Currently he is seeking to earn a Ph.D. in History, with a view toward working as a Teacher on a secular College or University campus in order to represent Christ to faculty and students.
WAYNE SWEITZER, Sioux Falls, SD
Wayne served 20 years as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy, after which he worked for 18 years as an information technology and engineering consultant to several U.S. Government organizations. Until retirement in May 2019, Wayne and his wife Katrina were active lay members of the Dunstable Evangelical Congregational Church in Dunstable, Massachusetts, both serving for many years in a number of roles including teaching, youth ministry, musical worship, missions, fellowship kitchen, media ministry, and church leadership.