As part of the Pathway Process that was affirmed by a majority of delegates at the November 2022 Assembly, the Mosaic Board continues to move ahead with the plan the Board developed following Assembly, including naming the Pathway Steering Team.
The proposed process included naming a Pathway Steering Team made up of 6-12 members, including a mix of Board, staff, and Mosaic Conference members who bring a strong commitment to Mosaic’s missional, formational, and intercultural priorities and our shared vision. Nominations were invited and gathered from across the Conference in December and January.
The Mosaic Board has affirmed the following Pathway Steering Team members:
- Aldo Colon (Iglesia Luz y Vida, Orlando, FL)
- Brandon Bergey (Bethany Birches Camp, Plymouth, VT and Bethany Mennonite Church, Bridgewater Corners, VT)
- Brent Camilleri (Deep Run East Mennonite Church, Perkasie, PA)
- Bronwyn Histand (Blooming Glen [PA] Mennonite Church)
- Cherokee Webb (Faith Chapel, Los Angeles, CA)
- Danilo Sanchez (Mosaic staff; Whitehall Mennonite Church and Ripple, Allentown, PA)
- Jenny Fujita (Upper Milford Mennonite Church, Zionsville, PA)
- Jim Musselman (Mosaic Board member; Zion Mennonite Church, Souderton, PA)
- Kiron Mateti (Mosaic Board member; Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, PA)
- Mark Reiff (Doylestown (PA) Mennonite Church)
- Marta Castillo (Mosaic staff; Nueva Vida Norristown (PA) New Life Mennonite Church)
- Regina Valensia (Philadelphia (PA) Praise Center)
To read more detailed information about each Pathway Steering Team member, please click here.
“I’m amazed and grateful for the breadth and depth of skills and giftings in this group,” said Mosaic Moderator Angela Moyer Walter. “I’m grateful for their love and dedication for the Church and their willingness to say ‘yes’ to this work when they could share their gifts in many other places. I’m eager to see the wisdom that emerges from this group and this process.”
The Steering Team will contribute to the strategic planning process outlined by the Board within the two-year Pathway timeline, along with an outside consulting firm. Since December, the Board received proposals from numerous consulting options who fit Mosaic’s specific needs of experience. After reviewing these proposals and interviews, the Board has agreed on partnering with Grovider, a consulting firm based in Center City Philadelphia.
Executive Minister Stephen Kriss worked at cultivating and receiving proposals from possible partners for the Pathway process. “We solicited proposals from consultants across the country, receiving several strong proposals,” said Kriss. “We had stipulations that consultants have experience working with communities of faith and a capacity to work with the diversity of our Conference. Grovider impressed us with their capacity, congeniality, commitments and professionalism.”
Since 2017, the Grovider firm has partnered closely with foundations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to design learning agendas and provide data-informed strategic support. A strength that the Grovider team offers Mosaic is their focus on diverse social identities and unique experiences. Their approach to data collection “invite[s] voices from a range of positionalities—seeking to use data as a means to tell stories, unearth needs, reveal complexities, and determine the pathway to more significant impact.” Grovider received strong affirmation from their previous work with faith-based institutions in the Philadelphia region.
The Board, Steering Team, and consulting firm will at times be working independently, but also together, within the two-year timeline proposed in the Pathway Document. The Steering Team will be working diligently in the next eight months to bring their first presentation of their activity to 2023 Annual Assembly to be held on November 4 at Souderton (PA) Mennonite Church.