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.


Jeff Newcomer MillerJeff 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 PriceAlice Price
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 SchmidtJill Schmidt
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 SmithDuncan Smith
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.






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.

•    Coaching
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

Members of the Conference Ministry Team will receive and refer requests for Dialogue Resource Team services. Contact them via e-mail or phone:

Barry Bartel, barryb@MountainStatesMC.org, 720-510-8975
Merv Birky, mervb@MountainStatesMC.org, 719-963-4162
Charlene Epp, charlenee@MountainStatesMC.org, 971-404-4456

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

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