Dialogue Resource Team
Assists congregations seeking to prevent, resolve or heal from significant conflicts
About the Dialogue Resource Team
Meet the Team
The Dialogue Resource Team consists of Mennonite professionals within Mountain States Conference called to the ministry of reconciliation as it relates to conference and congregational life. Currently seven persons have been affirmed by conference leadership as part of the team.
The goal of the Dialogue Resource Team is to provide resources and encouragement to congregations challenged by difficult internal conflict or change; or desiring education on conflict resolution.
Barry Bartel is an attorney in Denver and member of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church. Barry has moved between church leadership roles and law practice. He authored “Let’s Talk: Communication Skills and Conflict Transformation” and has led workshops on congregational conflict and communication.
Charlene Epp is a member of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church. She is a chaplain, currently working with a hospice based in Westminster. She is a trained mediator and spiritual director, and has served as a District Pastor while a member of Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference.
Jeff Newcomer Miller
Jeff Newcomer Miller is a member of Albuquerque Mennonite Church. His career has flowed between the religious, educational, and peace and justice communities. He has extensive experience in mediation in a variety of settings.
Alice Price is an attorney and member of Anabaptist Fellowship of Alamosa. She has been practicing mediation for 30 years. She helped found the Center for Restorative Programs in Alamosa, a youth and family-serving agency offering a variety of restorative justice programs in juvenile justice, school, community and family arenas.
Jill Schmidt attends First Mennonite Church in Denver. She is an admissions representative with Colorado Mountain College and an instructor for The Conflict Center in Denver. She has a Masters of Social Work and teaches classes and workshops on communication skills and conflict management.
Duncan Smith is a member of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church. He is Director of The Corinthian Plan providing health care access for pastors and church workers in Mennonite Church USA. He is a veteran pastor/conference minister and professional mediator with experience in organizational development.
Luke Yoder is a member of Anabaptist Fellowship of Alamosa. He is Executive Director of the Center for Restorative Programs. He also designs and facilitates training, strategic planning and conflict interventions for professionals and non-profit organizations throughout southern Colorado.
Range of Services
• Presentations and skills training events to build capacity for dialogue and conflict transformation
Trainings might be done as a primary focus at conference-wide gatherings, in regional congregational clusters, or at the request of a congregation.
Early intervention could take the form of telephone consultations and coaching for leaders anticipating hard decisions.
• Educational resources and consultation
Monthly articles in the conference newsletter to enhance how we listen and speak with care
• As needed facilitation
If a congregation finds itself thrust unexpectedly into a conflict situation or needs extra help with a highly charged issue, a trained facilitator from outside the situation may be needed to come on-site to help plan and keep a sound process on track.
Cost of Services
Honorarium and stipend on a sliding scale determined case by case. Costs should not be a barrier.
Connecting with the Dialogue Resource Team
Linford and Mary Etta King, Transitional Conference Ministers, will receive and refer requests for Dialogue Resource Team services. Contact them via e-mail at linford@MountainStatesMC.org or maryetta@MountainStatesMC.org or by phone at 717-615-3239.
If they are not available, contact Ken Gingerich, Conference Moderator, via e-mail at KenG@mountainstatesmc.org or by phone at (505) 264-2618.
A ministry of Mountain States Mennonite Conference