Brian Witwer Announces Retirement

BrianBrian Witwer retires at the end of 2013 after 7½ years as director of the northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne. Center staff bid a fond farewell to Brian, who was our first satellite director and helped expand Center services throughout the state.

“I feel fortunate to have worked alongside Brian for these many years. His kindness, intelligence and wit enhanced our staff, and his dedication to serving the needs of congregations improved the communities of northeast Indiana,” stated Center President Tim Shapiro. “I wish him well in retirement and in all of his future adventures.”

Brian is a thoughtful and talented colleague who provided excellent support to northeast Indiana congregations. When he joined the Center staff in June of 2006, Brian was completing his service at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. He is a retired UMC pastor.

Under Brian’s direction, the Center has worked with 723 congregations in the northeast region, which consists of Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Jay, LaGrange, Kosciusko, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. Also during Brian’s tenure, the Center gave 73 grants totaling $734,444 to northeast congregations, the Center conducted 1822 cases with northeast congregations, and 1733 folks attended northeast education events. The Center’s signature event Flourishing Congregations was presented in Fort Wayne in April of 2008 and saw the highest attendance of any Flourishing Congregations gathering.

Brian works alongside Eunita Booker, the northeast office administrative assistant. Eunita will remain in the northeast office providing invaluable assistance to congregations and support for Center staff.

Brian’s retirement begins January 1, 2014.