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Biblical Vision

“…Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders” –  Acts 15:2, NRSV

Description of Work

Standing Committee delegates represent the Shenandoah District to the Standing Committee of Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren. They fulfill their tasks in relation to the written descriptions of the Church of the Brethren standards for Standing Committee delegates.


Marty-Barlow(Harrisonburg, Va.) Marty Barlow is a member of Montezuma Church, currently serving as a deacon. Marty is mostly retired after a career as a licensed professional counselor. Over the years, she has also worked as a mediator with groups and individuals in conflict. She says, “When intense uncompromising opinions and positions are the rule, my objective has been to listen under all that for the voice of God’s yearning.” Barlow served as District Conference moderator during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and has volunteered as a photographer at the Disaster Auction and Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center.



(Timberville, Va.) Karl is a graduate of the Christian Growth Institute and was appointed to serve as Timberville Church of the Brethren’s Pastor in August of 2022. Prior to that, he served as the Ministry Intern for the Montezuma congregation and as pulpit supply throughout the Shenandoah District. He was ordained in October of 2023 at Timberville. The ministry is a second career for Karl, who spent more than 20 years in radio mostly at WSVA in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He also spent a year at WNAV in Annapolis, Maryland, where in addition to news he broadcast minor league baseball. He continues to do some work on the side predominantly with Bridgewater College where he broadcasts home football and basketball games.

Karl has also served in various roles with non-profit, civic, and governmental entities, most notably on the board of the Sadie Rose Foundation and as former Chairman of the Timberville Planning Commission.

Karl has been happily married for 15 years to his wife, Angie. They have three children: Brooklyn, Cardie and Adrian.


Jan Orndorff(Woodstock, Va.) Jan is the pastor of the Sunrise Church of the Brethren in
Harrisonburg. She has served the District as moderator, Discipleship
Ministries Team Chair, Ministerial Leadership Team Chair, Springs of Living
Water Chair, and Witness Commission Chair under the old organization. In
addition, she has been an Annual Conference table facilitator and has had
several pieces published in “Messenger.” Jan’s deepest desire is to serve God by
helping others to know Jesus Christ and grow in discipleship.