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Welcome to Toni and Monica – IKC’s new ACMs!

August 13, 2018

Please join me and the IKC Board of Directors in welcoming the Rev. Dr. Altonnette “Toni” Hawkins and the Rev. Dr. Monica Ouellette to their new calls as Associate Conference Ministers with the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ. The Board of Directors are delighted to call Toni and Monica, both of whom are very talented and experienced pastors. Toni and Monica will join the IKC’s staff team, led by our Conference Minister, the Rev. Chad Abbott, as the team continues leading the IKC in how we transform our ability to support, connect and empower our local churches, our ministers, and our covenanted agencies in doing God’s work. These calls will replace our traditional geographically-bound Associate Conference Minister positions with a focus on work in specific areas of expertise with one position focusing on Leadership Formation and Discernment with our Committees on Ministry and our Members-in-Discernment, and the other position focusing on Search & Call. Both positions have been designed as part of the new staffing model presented at the 2018 Annual Gathering and will be half-time positions.
Rev. Dr. Monica Ouellette has accepted the Call as Minister for Search, Call, and Congregational Transitions. Monica is an ordained UCC clergy currently serving a congregation in the Penn Central Conference. Monica expects to move to the IKC in a location where she can also serve one of our local congregations part-time. Monica will begin her call on October 9, 2018.   Click here for bio.
Rev. Dr. Altonnette “Toni” Hawkins has accepted the Call asMinister for Leadership Formation and Discernment.Toni is an ordained UCC clergy who is currently serving a Disciples of Christ congregation in Louisville, as well as an adjunct faculty at the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Toni will serve her call from Louisville and will begin her call on September 4, 2018.  Click here for bio.
We would also like to express gratitude to the ACM Search Team, Rev. Chad Abbott (Conference Minister), Rev. Randy Rossman (Board member), Cheryl Whitmore (past Board member), Jill Olinger (Board President), and Rebecca Braganza (Conference Business Administer) for their prayerful and intentional participation and discernment in the search process.
Please keep Toni and Monica in your prayers as they transition to new roles and keep the IKC in your prayers as we continue to build a staff team that will serve to support, connect, and empower all of us as God’s faithful servants in the IKC.
Sincerely,
Jill M. Olinger, Ph.D.
President, IKC-UCC Board of Directors

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