2021 District Conference


Our 2021 Northern Ohio District Conference will be held as a one-day, delegate only event at the Akron Springfield Church of the Brethren on August 14th.  The worship services and business sessions will be live streamed so that non-delegates can participate in this day.



Conference Resources


District Conference Officers and Central Committee

Moderator, Brad Kelley – 2022 (East Chippewa)
Moderator-Elect, Brian Layman – 2023 (Hartville)
Past Moderator, Doug Price – 2021 (Elm Street)
Clerk, Nancy Jacobsen – 2021 (Mount Pleasant)
Michael Huffaker – 2021 (Sugar Creek West)
Fern Dews – 2022 (East Nimishillen)
Christine Harkless – 2023 (Elm Street)

Conference Location

Akron Springfield Church of the Brethren
3500 Albrecht Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44312


District Conference Worship Speakers


Brad Kelley
Saturday Morning Worship Speaker

Message Title & Text:
"Focusing on Jesus' Vision of His Church" (Matthew 16:18) 

Pastor Brad currently shepherds the East Chippewa CoB congregation near Orrville, OH. He has been Pastor of East Chip since June of 2011. He is thoroughly thankful and knows he is blessed for being able to pastor at East Chip. Brad is celebrating 30 years of pastoral ministry in January of 2020. He and Sharon, his wife of over 33 years, have three grown children and live in the West Salem area.

Brad accepted the call to be our "2020 District Moderator" during the 2018 District Conference. He has been in this type of District role 20 years earlier in his previous pastorate in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Recently, he has become one of our teachers in the District's Brethren Buckeye Institute. He taught the Fall 2019 BBI course on "Evangelism." For nearly the last 2 and half decades, He has provided quarterly preaching for the evangelistic chapel services at Akron Ohio's homeless shelter, the Haven of Rest.

Brad received formal higher education training from Grace College (Bachelors with a double major in both Biblical Studies and Speech Communications), Ashland Theological Seminary and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity and some Doctor of Ministry course work).


  Tom Zuercher
Saturday Afternoon Worship Speaker

Message Title & Text:
Jesus' Vision for His Church" (Matthew 28:18-20)

After 42 years of church work, Tom Zuercher retired from full-time ministry in 2018. In the Northern Ohio District, he served as pastor for three congregations: Danville North Bend, Mt. Pleasant, and Ashland Dickey, and was District Executive for twelve years. In additional to pastoral work, Tom has served as a teacher, spiritual speaker, retreat leader, consultant, and author. He and Susan live in rural Ashland County and are always delighted to spend time with their children and grandchildren. In retirement, Tom has enjoyed traveling, making presentations on philately (stamp collecting), and O-gauge model trains.