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TRIM-EFSM Coordinator Hired

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Carrie EicklerCarrie Eikler has been named the new half-time coordinator of the TRIM and EFSM Ministry Training Programs at the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. She will begin her duties on February 1, 2014. The Brethren Academy is a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary. She will also continue as the copastor of the Morgantown Church of the Brethren/Mennonite Church USA (a dually affiliated congregation) in West Virginia, where she has served since 2007. As part of her new position, she will spend a minimum of a half week per month in office on the Bethany campus in Richmond, Indiana, or at the denominational offices in Elgin, Illinois.

Eikler is a 2000 graduate of Manchester College and a 2007 MDiv graduate of Bethany Seminary. While in seminary, she served as the peace studies assistant, interim admissions assistant, New Testament teaching assistant, worship coordinator, and a Student Leadership Team member. Past work experience includes coordinating programs and events as well as administration for church and business settings. Currently she is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren Ministerial Association, Morgantown Women’s Clergy Network, and Allegheny Mennonite Conference Leadership Council and has served on the West Marva District Peace Team. Her continuing education experiences include ecumenical, Mennonite, and Church of the Brethren events and seminars, including the Academy’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Vital Pastor program.

Along with her husband, Torin, she has three young sons: Sebastian, Alistair, and Patrick. Carrie enjoys using her ministry and interpersonal skills in traditional and nontraditional ways, from leading worship and putting together worshipful work retreats to engaging her community through various parenting, local food, and intercultural groups.

 

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Jody Gunn
(MDiv Connections)

JodyIn the summer of 2006, I made a pact with a high school friend to make our fortieth decade significant. My goal was to complete my Master of Divinity degree before I turned fifty years old. Inside I asked myself and God, "How is this was going to be possible?" Eventually, I was willing to be open to it. My life seemed crazy enough without adding seminary to the mix. I am married to Eric and have two children 15 and 10, so I run a household. I serve a church half time and find many opportunities to volunteer in our community. In spite of the busyness of my life I said "Yes!" to Bethany because I really was at a point in my life where it made sense.