21 Nov Central Conference Moves to Dissolve
The conference council of Central Conference met Saturday, November 18, to sign the papers to officially dissolve the conference effective January 1, 2007. The annual conference voted in July 2005 to disband, but couldn’t do so until the conference was dismissed from a lawsuit. The conference council was authorized to take care of any business in the meantime.
In September, the conference was dismissed from that lawsuit (which involves the Good Shepherd UB church in Greenfield, Ohio), and Superintendent Tom Brodbeck quickly took the steps needed to dissolve.
Several items of business needed to be handled by the conference council:
- Legal papers were signed to make Camp Cotubic (Bellefontaine, Ohio) an independent entity (as has been done with the former Mid-Atlantic Conference and Michigan Conference camps). There will be two separate corporations: one to be a holding company for the property, the other to handle operations.
- The Center for Church Planting in Central Ohio (CCPCO) will continue to function. The title to the property at Kettering, Ohio, once a UB church, was transferred to the CCPCO. Another church has been meeting there since 1985, having purchased the property for $256,000. They still owe $120,000, and pay $2000 a month. Payments will now go to the CCPCO.
- The Harwood Loan Fund, which has provided ministerial scholarships since the 1960s, will be used to establish a $10,000 scholarship at Huntington University. Superintendent Brodbeck will take care of setting this up.
- The council distributed other cash assets, including $3000 to Laurel Mission, $7000 to Camp Cotubic, and $2500 to Scioto Youth Camp.