Richard D. Stoner

Ohio Mennonite minister’s credential terminated for sexual misconduct

In 2017, Richard “Rick” Stoner (b. approximately 1983) was found by Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA to have “crossed professional boundaries” in “communication and interactions” with two adult women in his congregation. Stoner was lead pastor at Sharon Mennonite Church, Plain City, Ohio.

After the two women reported to Ohio Conference, the conference used Mennonite Church USA’s 2016 sexual misconduct policy and 2017 ministerial leadership manual to investigate. The investigation team determined that Stoner’s actions constituted pastoral sexual misconduct.

In May 2017, the conference’s Credentialing Ministry Team suspended Stoner’s ministerial credential for one year with the intent of restoration if certain conditions were met. Later that month, Stoner requested to withdraw his credential. Instead, in September 2017, the credentialing team decided to terminate his credential.

The Ohio Conference announced the credential change for sexual misconduct according to their policy, notifying conference members in the Nov/Dec 2017 Evangel conference newsletter. The announcement stated that Stoner “chose to terminate his credentials and leave pastoral ministries.”

Church-related positions

  • Associate Pastor of West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio, 2006–2008
  • Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor of Bethel Mennonite Church, West Liberty, Ohio, 2009–2014
  • Lead Pastor of Sharon Mennonite Church, Plain City, Ohio, 2014–2017

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