As the board of directors, General Conference Board acts as the governance and decision-making entity for the BIC U.S.
General Conference Board (GCB) comprises members from each regional conference and various individuals appointed by General Assembly.
Cathy Musser, from the Pacific Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2010 as a member-at-large.
Born into a BIC household, Cathy has been a part of the church family her whole life — as a student at Messiah College and as a member of Palmyra (Pa.) BIC; Fellowship Chapel, Bronx, N.Y.; Ashland (Ohio) BIC; New Community BIC, Pomona, Calif.; and her current church home, GracePoint BIC, Ontario, Calif.
Cathy has participated in a variety of ways at the local church level, leading worship, directing the Sunday morning welcome team, directing VBS and children’s ministries, and co-leading a home church. Cathy’s dedicated involvement at the local level led to her appointment on the Pacific Conference board of congregational life. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Southern California MCC Relief Sale. Along with her husband, Rod, Cathy also teaches Financial Peace University.
Cathy has enjoyed being involved in several multicultural congregations. Of the BIC U.S.’ ten Core Values, she identifies “belonging to the community of faith” as a vital distinctive of the BIC Church. Cathy resonates with this Core Value as she’s learned the importance of building healthy, supportive relationships, and continually evaluating how we better witness to those still seeking a spiritual family.
Cathy and her husband, Rod, live in Pomona, Calif. They have two married children, Jeremy and Megan.
Carlos Alfaro, representing the Southeast Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2010.
Carlos graduated from the Latin American Theological Seminary in 1992. An ordained minister with the Brethren in Christ U.S., Carlos and his wife, Ana, are the founding pastors of Ministerio Cristo Fiel y Verdadero in Miami, where they’ve served as senior pastors since 1994.
In 2007 and 2008, Carlos served as president of the Pastoral Association of Miami, with more than 300 churches from different denominations.
Carlos emphasizes evangelism and discipleship in his ministry. He is motivated to develop leaders who will impact the lives of others and works together with community leaders to organize city outreach and community-service initiatives.
Together with his wife and two daughters, Gabriela and Elizabeth, Carlos enjoys many sports, primarily soccer and surfing.
Rachel Diaz, from the Southeast Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2014 as a member-at-large.
Since childhood, Rachel has actively participated in developing the South Florida cluster of BIC churches.
A member of Iglesia Rescate in Hialeah, Fla., Rachel previously volunteered in a number of Brethren in Christ congregations with worship, youth work, small groups, translation, and legal assistance. She also served for four years on the BIC Board for World Missions.
Rachel’s unique perspective as a bilingual, urban attorney is an asset both to the churches in South Florida and to the larger denomination. It is her prayer that the BIC U.S. would become a prominent presence in its surrounding society — strengthened, united, and growing to better reach out into the world for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
Rachel and her husband, Hamlet, live in Miami with their two daughters.
David Espinosa, representing the Great Lakes Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2008.
Holding a master’s degree in practical theology from Ashland Theological Seminary, David helped plant Iglesia El Buen Pastor, Springfield, Ohio, in 2000 and served as its pastor from 2002-2010. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Great Lakes Regional Conference and facilitates the Teologia de la Salvacion Core Course. David served with the Equipping for Ministry team from 2007-2008.
Fluent in both Spanish and English, David says that he enjoys using his language skills to bring awareness and diversity to the BIC community, in which one in five churches worships in Spanish.
David and his wife, Natalia, live in Springfield, Ohio, with their two children, Natalie and Joseph.
Sherri Flohr, representing the Allegheny Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2018.
Sherri has led at national, regional, and local levels of the Brethren in Christ U.S.: At the national level, Sherri serves as facilitator for the BIC Directed Study Program and has been a member of the BIC Equipping for Ministry team.
For the Allegheny Conference, she serves on the board of directors, as well as the discipleship and staffing councils. She has also served on bishop selection for the conference. Sherri has led young adult, youth, and ministry programs and events for Allegheny Conference and Roxbury Holiness Camp, where she was a director and committee member.
Having grown up in the Chambersburg BIC Church, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Sherri was on the board of Christian education, a member of the personnel committee, and director of VBS. Today, Sherri participates in Five Forks Church, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, where she was director for youth ministries, as well as on the church board, worship committee, and Sunday school teaching team. She led several international mission trips and continues to serve in various ways at Five Forks Church.
Sherri has a Master of Arts in global leadership from Fuller Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Christian education and music at Messiah College. Having benefited from leadership training in the BIC U.S. Church, Sherri has a vision to see the BIC U.S. continue to emphasize developing and equipping leaders to live out their full potential in Christ.
Sherri, and her husband, Mark, reside in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. They have two adult children.
Adam Forry, representing the Atlantic Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2014.
He grew up as part of the Mount Pleasant BIC congregation, Mount Joy, Pa., where generations of his father’s family attended. After graduating from Messiah College in 1999, Adam went on to serve as an associate pastor in two BIC congregations before becoming lead pastor at Speedwell Heights BIC, Lititz, Pa., in 2008. That same year, he completed his Master of Arts in Ministry at Lancaster Bible College.
As a “cradle BIC,” Adam is excited that the BIC faith family has expanded and crossed potential barriers of all kinds to become a diverse, international church with 80 percent of its people outside North America. He sees local churches as the center of God’s work in the world as they seek to reach people for Christ, disciple believers, and make an impact locally and globally. He is grateful to serve on both GCB and the Atlantic Conference board of directors as they support and strengthen the mission of local congregations.
Adam enjoys reading, running, and following major league baseball. He and his wife, Kimberly, live in Manheim, Pa., with their daughter, Cassie, and sons, Trace and Liam.
Ron Kramer, from the Midwest Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2018 as a member-at-large.
Since 2013, Ron has been associate pastor at CrossRoads Church, Salina, Kansas, and was ordained in 2016. Ron has led the Celebrate Recovery ministry, men’s ministry and Bible study, as well as has been a Sunday school teacher and on the church board. He completed the BIC Directed Study Program in 2015.
Prior to his leadership at CrossRoads Church, Ron was a field representative then corporate safety director, Blue Beacon International, Inc.; nuclear missile officer, U.S. Army; dispatcher then profitability analyst, Schneider Tank Lines, Inc.; and social worker, Okaloosa County Florida Mental Health Center. He completed a master’s in counseling and human development and a bachelor’s in psychology from Troy State University.
Active in his community, Ron serves, or has served on, numerous community and nonprofit boards, where the nonprofits’ missions address poverty or champion the arts, education, or healthcare. He served for many years with Gideons International. Currently, Ron is a chaplain for the Salina Regional Health Center.
Ron has compassion for those inside and outside the Church who have not apprehended the extreme joy and security available to them through following Jesus. He appreciates how our Core Values resonate with many disaffected and disconnected Christians and nonbelievers.
Ron and his wife, Jane, have a son, Kody, who had cancer and recently passed away to be with the Lord. They live in Salina, Kansas.
Tom Law, representing the Pacific Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2018.
An optometrist for 40 years, Tom led as vision department chairperson for two large medical groups in Southern California, while maintaining an active clinical practice for 23 years. He took over a private practice 17 years ago where he works full time. Passionate about sharing his faith, Tom is grateful his vocation often enables him to share the amazing grace found in Christ Jesus.
Tom serves as leadership board chairperson at Solid Ground Church, Alta Loma, California, where he has been a member since 1981. There he also serves as deacon treasurer and life group leader. And over the years at Solid Ground, Tom has assisted on various church boards and has been a worship and Awana leader, as well as a Sunday school superintendent and teacher. In connection with Azuza Pacific University, he has participated on medical missions trips to Mexico.
Tom completed a Bachelor of Science in biological science from the University of California, Irvine. At the Southern California College of Optometry, he earned a second bachelor’s degree in visual science and his doctorate in optometry.
Enjoying dialoguing with people of many backgrounds, Tom believes God has gifted us with heart, intellect, and energy in order to share our faith and to engage in God’s story. Living in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Tom and his wife, Kimberly Bert, have seven children between them and three grandchildren.
Gary Lebo, representing the Susquehanna Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2016.
With a long history in the BIC, Gary fosters a deep love and appreciation for the Church. In 1975, he and his wife, Gloria, moved to Dillsburg, Pa., and have worshiped at Dillsburg BIC ever since. There, they have served in a variety of congregational roles and have been blessed by their close friendships with the pastoral staff throughout the years.
Vocationally, Gary owns Quality Greenhouses and Perennial Farm, a wholesale annual and perennial plant business in the Dillsburg area that he co-founded in 1985. Serving independently owned garden centers, farm markets, and landscapers within a 200-mile radius of Dillsburg, his business has grown to employ 60 full-time workers and as many as 150 additional workers during the busy season.
Gary and Gloria have two adult children, Brett and Jessica. Brett lives with his wife, Sarah, in York Springs, Pennsylvania, and is employed by Quality Greenhouses. Jessica lives with her husband, Douglas, in the Dillsburg area and is a stay-at-home mom with their son, Oliver.
Emerson Lesher, from the Atlantic Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2018 as a member-at-large.
Emerson provides leadership and organizational-development consulting for faith-based organizations through Mennonite Health Services. He was also senior vice president there for five years. Prior to his service at Mennonite Health Services, for 18 years, Emerson led Messiah Lifeways as president and CEO.
Chair of the board for the Brethren in Christ Historical Society, Emerson has also served on the Messiah College board of trustees for over 15 years. Emerson has a doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University, a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Fuller Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College.
For 18 years, he participated at Grantham Church, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he was chair of the church board. He now attends Harrisburg BIC Church, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The three BIC U.S. Core Values that most resonate with Emerson are following Jesus, as Christ is at the center of our faith; pursuing peace, as Christ’s call to seek peace with others is needed now more than ever; and belonging to the community of faith, because, if we are to flourish as God intended, we are called to social connection.
Emerson and his wife, Ruth, a psychologist and partner in a behavioral health practice, live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and have two adult children.
Kevin Noll, from the Atlantic Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2018 as a member-at-large.
Since 1998, Kevin has served as director of business services at Paxton Ministries, a nonprofit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that provides affordable housing and support services to adults who are challenged with poverty, mental illness, and intellectual disabilities. At Paxton Ministries, Kevin has responsibility for the fiscal management of the entire organization, including accounts receivable and accounts payable, payroll and benefits, budget, and annual audit, while also managing human resources and information technology infrastructure. In 2009, he played a key role in the startup of Paxton Cleaning Solutions, a subsidiary of Paxton Ministries, and he continues to oversee its management.
A member of New Hope Church, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for 18 years, Kevin has served on the leadership team and has supervised children and youth ministries. He currently serves in the middle school youth ministry.
He is grateful for his upbringing on a Lancaster County farm, where he cultivated a strong work ethic, an ability to seek practical solutions, and a deep desire to serve others with the love of Jesus Christ. Kevin obtained a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Eastern University.
Kevin and his wife, Jennifer, live with their two children, Elijah and Rebecca, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. As the parent of a preteen and teenager, he is particularly grateful for the way our denomination supports and desires to raise up the next generation for Christ.
Jeff Piepho, representing the Midwest Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2014.
Jeff is the founding pastor of Revolution Church, Salina, Kans. Planted in 2006, Revolution ministers to a younger crowd of lower-income families and (formerly) unchurched people, many whom struggle with addictions.
Jeff is passionate about reaching those who do not yet know the gospel or who have not surrendered their lives to Christ. Jeff is also passionate about adoption and foster care. He, and his wife, Meadow, have fostered over 50 children, have adopted five and are in the process of adopting another. Jeff is the former president of the Kansas Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, and often teaches on parenting traumatized children.
Using his master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University, Jeff co-hosts a popular radio show, Truth Revolution. A show where “faith and reason meet,” each show tackles science, mathematics, archeology, and logic, demonstrating how each integrates with faith, biblical studies, and religion.
Jeff appreciates the authentic faith displayed in pastors, leaders, and members throughout the Brethren in Christ Church. He appreciates the integration of Anabaptism, Pietism, Wesleyanism, and Evangelicalism into a cohesive BIC mindset.
Alan Robinson has been serving as national director of Brethren in Christ U.S. since 2013.
Alan’s journey to the BIC family begins in his home country of Northern Ireland. Coming to personal faith at a young age through an Independent Methodist Church and discerning a call to pastoral ministry, Alan has served as a church planter and pastor across the United Kingdom. Along the way, he received a bachelor’s degree from Nazarene Theological College of Manchester University in 1993 and a master’s degree in applied theology from the University of Oxford in 1997.
Following his graduation from the University of Oxford, Alan and his family moved to the U.S. while he pursued a doctor of ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary. It was during this time that he first heard of the Brethren in Christ. In 1999, Alan became senior pastor of Carlisle (Pa.) BIC (now The Meeting House – Carlisle Campus).
Alan has been involved in BIC Church life in many ways — as chair of the Commission on Ministry and Doctrine, chair and faculty member of Equipping for Ministry, assistant moderator for the Susquehanna Conference, and representative to the National Association of Evangelicals. In addition to his doctorate from Asbury Seminary, he also earned his Ph.D. in administration and leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012.
Alan lives in Dillsburg, Pa., with his wife, Sharon. They have two adult daughters and two grandchildren. Other than ministry, Alan’s main passion is soccer, having refereed and officiated at the college level for more than 20 years. To stay in shape for his referee work, Alan enjoys running and has participated in many marathons, including a 50-mile ultramarathon.
Julie Stout, from the Susquehanna Conference, began serving on General Conference Board in 2015 as a member-at-large.
Growing up in central Pennsylvania, Julie attended Elizabethtown (Pa.) College and graduated with an accounting degree in 1975. After earning her CPA at Ernst and Young, she worked in corporate finance and governance for a large Carlisle, Pa., manufacturer until 1997. Her time in banking provided useful experience to take on the role of CEO of the Brethren in Christ Foundation in 1999. In 2003, Julie accepted the position of chief financial officer at Messiah Village, now Messiah Lifeways, where she worked until retiring June 2014.
Julie became a member of Carlisle (Pa.) BIC in the early 1980s (now The Meeting House – Carlisle Campus). She is actively involved in the children’s ministry, having taught Pioneer Girls and Sunday school classes for over 30 years. She has served on the congregation’s church board and various other committees.
While Julie was not raised Brethren in Christ, her church and denomination have become home. Serving on GCB allows her to express her thanks for the many mentors, co-workers, teachers, and preachers who have poured into her throughout her time with the church, the BICF, and Messiah Lifeways.
Since retiring, Julie enjoys volunteer work, traveling, spending time with extended family, reading, and working on many projects around her home and garden in Boiling Springs, Pa.