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Living Word’s Leadership Board consists of nine members of the church that have been nominated by the Nominations committee and approved by the Charge Conference. It also includes the Lead Pastor and the Executive Director. The Board is responsible for working with the congregation, the ordained ministers and the staff of Living Word to achieve our Vision to transform the lives of the children and youth of our community, both emotionally and spiritually, through the power of Jesus Christ.

You are always welcome to attend the non-confidential portion of the Board meeting. The Leadership Board meets every third Monday of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. For more information, please contact Jim Ritts at or Don Short at

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Your 2024 Leadership Board Members are:

Jim Ritts – Chair, Don Short – Lay Leader, David Israel – Lead Pastor, Brad Locke – Executive Director, Bill Blackburn, Jason Caulk, Jen Faust, Lisa Horner, Paul Skornia, John Vargas, Jerri Ann Emert, and Jamie Smith