Learn more about this year’s Moderator and Assistant Moderator.

Robert (Bob) Sandman, Moderator (Class of 2023), is a lay member of Lakeview UCC in Maineville, Ohio. Bob has an MBA and a Master’s Degree in economics. He is a retired professor of business and economics. In addition, he has held positions in printing and publishing at the American Baptist Board of Educational Ministries and as a textbook editor at South-Western Publishing. Bob was previously the moderator of Collenbrook United Church, Lakeview UCC, North Windham Union Church UCC, and the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Association. He taught History and Polity for SONKA. He has been Treasurer of the Maine Conference, a member of the Maine Anti-Racism Resource Team, a General Synod Delegate Committee Chair, a corporate member of the Board for Homeland Ministries, a delegate to the Executive Council, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Office of General Ministries. His skills include strategic thinking, public speaking, analysis of business and economic data, publishing, and project management.

A. Rushan Sinnaduray, Assistant Moderator, is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Oasis United Church of Christ in Jefferson City, Missouri. Within the Missouri Mid-South Conference, he serves as Co-Chair of the Western Association Committee on Ministry and has served on the Associate Conference Minister Search Committee for the Conference. Rushan was born and raised in Sri Lanka and has lived and worked in New Zealand, Canada and the USA. He was ordained in 2008 and has served churches in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Missouri. He is passionate about church planting, church vitality and growth, musical theater, and the interactions between popular culture, science and theology. Rushan and his spouse, Arushini, have two children: Aran (12) and Alisha (9).

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