The General Conference of Disciples Men is the formal organization of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, with the purpose of ministering to the unique needs of men in the church, enabling them to fulfill their potential as servants of God, and strengthening the total ministry of the church.
The General Conference of Disciples Men is comprised of the Regional Men’s President and Regional Men’s Staff Member of each of the 31 regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, and elected members of the Conference Executive Committee.
The Men’s Ministries Endowment Fund (or MMEF) was established several decades ago as a Permanent Endowment managed by the Christian Church Foundation on behalf of the General Conference of Disciples Men.
A portion of the endowment’s interest, every year, is provided to the Executive Committee of the General Conference as financial support for the planning and implementation of Men’s programming at the national level (United States and Canada).
Download a brochure to learn more about the MMEF and find out how you can make tax-exempt donations. It is also possible to honor a person supporting Men’s ministries by generating a named sub-fund under the MMEF umbrella. Please call the Christian Church Foundation for details at (800) 668-8016.
The Rev. Bentley is DHM’s contact person to field questions and inquiries about Disciples Men’s Ministries and help facilitate conversations between all expressions of the church: general, regional, and congregational, as well as with ecumenical and interfaith partners.
In close collaboration with the General Conference of Disciples Men, The Rev. Bentley will help to plan, strategize, and develop ways to resource and support Disciples Men’s ministries that are effective and growing throughout the life of our church, especially with a focus on developing the gifts and graces of a younger generation of Disciples Men. He will also assist the General Conference in conducting Annual Fund Drives and Endowment Fund Drives in cooperation with the staff of the Christian Church Foundation.
The Rev. Bentley graduated from Transylvania University in 1979 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education, and from Lexington Theological Seminary in 1982 with a Master of Divinity. He has served churches in Pleasureville, KY; Nineveh, IN; Forest Park, OH; and the Hocking Valley Parish in southeast OH. He has been working in the Christian Church in Ohio since 2005 and resources the Ohio Disciples Men. He enjoys backpacking, hiking, photography and singing. He and his wife, Julie, have three children and 2 grandchildren.
Minister for Disciples Men
Stephen Bentley; Columbus, OH
Dan Crawford; Bakersfield, CA
Brian Burton, Cleveland, OH
Archie Jenkins; Guyton, GA
Harvey Anderson; Greenwood, MS
Remmie Crawford, Cleveland, OH
Arnold Hayes, Nashville, TN
Ken Marston, Great Bend, KS
Ron Petrick, Burnet, TX
Stuart Price, Auburn, AL
Efrain Rivera; Winter Park, FL
Saitumua Tafaoialii; Magna, UT
An updated listing of the Regional Presidents and Staff can be found here.