Please welcome Maura Mazza of the Shiloh SDB Church in her new role with the SDB General Council! This transition makes it a fantastic time to reintroduce you to your General Council. The General Council is the 5-member body representing the SDB General Conference to address Conference matters between delegate sessions of Conference Week–providing creative leadership, collaborative strategy, and supportive encouragement to the mission and ministry of the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference. Here are your Council members:
Maura Mazza became a member of the Bay Area SDB church while in college, after being convicted of the Sabbath. She and her husband Frank, as well as their three children currently attend the Shiloh SDB church. Maura has led youth groups and taught Sabbath school over the past twenty years. She has also planned and led several mission trips for Shiloh to serve alongside other SDB churches around the General Conference, and has served the Conference as the Nominations committee chair. Maura is a middle school special education teacher.
Erin Inabnit is a wife, mother of two, teacher of many, and strives every day to better walk in the footsteps of Jesus. She grew up in Riverside, California, and spent her college years on the East Coast before resettling on the West Coast. She and her husband, Eric, spend most of their free time driving their school-age children around to various practices and events near their Washington home and are actively involved in the Seattle Area Seventh Day Baptist Church. After serving as a Trustee for the SDB Memorial Fund, she is excited to stretch herself and grow as she follows God’s call.
Andrew J. Camenga is the pastor of the German Seventh Day Baptist Church in Salemville, PA. He and his wife Kristin have been married for 20 years and have two children at home. Andrew heard Christ’s call to follow Him and has been learning what it means to pursue Christ ever since, trusting that God will complete what He began. He has been an active participant and leader in local, regional, and conference-wide ministry through most of his life. In recent years, he has served as the training director for the Summer Christian Service Corp (SCSC) and been an SDBU instructor. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of the Seventh Day Baptist Board of Christian Education from 2000-2015.
Ericessen Cooper is the pastor of the New York City SDB Church in Brooklyn, New York. He is married to his wife, Crystal and they have three children. He is employed by the New York City Dept. of Social Services and works in the Legal Affairs Division.
Steve Osborn lives in Firestone, Colorado. He and his wife Angie have four grown children. Steve serves as Lead Pastor of Frontier Church – Carbon Valley, a Ministry of Seventh Day Baptists, and as a member of the SDB Church Planting Task Force.
And finally, a heart-felt thank you to outgoing Council member Pastor Patti Wethington for her service on General Council. Her encouragement and spiritual vitality have been a blessing to the Conference—and will continue to be! Patti was introduced to Jesus at 8 years old, and has been a passionately committed Christ-follower since age 15. Born and raised in California, she met and married Pastor Bernie Wethington in 1974. Joining Seventh-Day Baptists in 1989, she served in church ministry alongside Bernie for 38 years until his passing in 2013. She has served Homecare and Hospice patients while covering care for patients remotely all over the United States. Patti has participated in the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference in supportive roles for many years. Serving 2 terms with Council on Ministry, General Conference President for the 2016-17 General Conference session and on the General Council.