Ed Fenstermacher is a native of Harrisburg, Pa., but only lived there a few months. His parents were missionaries who served in the Congo and later served in Nome, Alaska. He has lived in northern Indiana since he was eight-years old. He is a graduate of John Glenn High School in Walkerton and Taylor University (B.D. Degree in secondary education English). He taught high school English in Kendallville from 1980 to 1984. He then served as Director of Church Growth and Revitalization at Simpson UMC in Fort Wayne from 1984 to 1995. Since then, he has served as Associate Director for Church Development and Revitalization in the former North Indiana Conference. He and his wife Marlene are members of Covenant UMC in Fort Wayne. They are the parents of Erik, Kyle and Andrew. The Fenstermachers spend a lot of time watching their three boys’ sporting events. Ed also volunteers at “In As Much,” a downtown ministry that serves the poor. He also likes to play racket ball, work crossword puzzles, garden and collect banana stickers. In his new position which becomes effective July 1, he will develop and implement the conference strategic plan for church development, with a focus on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.