The Northwest District has combined the duties and responsibilities of the Ministerial Credentials and Ministerial Studies Boards to create the Board of Ministry (BOM). This board consists of 24 members elected to serve for a 4-year term and organized around 4 geographic regional centers (Moscow, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Yakima). Each region is charged with the responsibility of providing consistent oversight in both education and experience throughout the entire ministerial preparation journey.


The BOM meets twice a year (Late Oct/early Nov and Late Feb/early March) and then the regions meet together at least one other time (end of January). 


The work of the BOM is facilitated by the BOM Executive Committee, whose responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing the BOM, addressing special credentialing situations, and interviewing MIT’s seeking to clear a divorce barrier. Below is a listing of the Members of the Executive Committee and their responsibilities:


  • Mark Walker, Board Chair - - (509) 926-1545. Oversees work of the BOM, works with regional chairs, chairs all meetings of the entire board, reviews board structure in consultation with executive committee and brings recommended changes to the entire board. 

  • Fred Fuentes, Secretary - (509) 783-8774. Communicates with pastors and new MIT’s and helps coordinate the efforts of the regional secretaries in partnership with the district office.

  • Ben Boeckel, Education Director - - (208) 983-0552. Administers District Education program, including oversight of curriculum and recruitment of instructors.

  • Joy Lindner, Education Evaluator - - (509) 466-0452. Maintains education records on all MIT’s, evaluates transcripts, communicates regularly to board and regions regarding progress of MIT’s education.​

  • Dan Lewis, Mentor to Mentors - - (509) 627-0759. Provides training and resourcing for MIT mentors. 

  • Sarah Friedrich, Discovery Pointe Director - - (509) 945-5914. Coordinates Discovery Pointe weekends, communicates with MIT’s about Discovery Pointe weekends and recruits staff for the event.

  • David Mowry, District Superintendent - - (509) 466-0452

  • Regional Chairs - Oversee the work of the region and chair all regional meetings.