The Impact Fund is essential to all areas of EMM’s mission. It enables EMM to recruit and send workers, cover some of the cost of worker support, update constituents through publications like Missionary Messenger, provide salaries and benefits for the staff who support these activities, and much more. A charitable gift for which you do not indicate a preference will benefit the Impact Fund.
EMM provides many resources to congregations free of charge, including a quarterly packet with some of the following items:
Prayer cards for each new or reappointing EMM worker or family.
Videos — check out some recent videos here.
Posters with EMM service opportunities, events, and resources.
Other items that may be of interest to your congregation, such as information about Global Fair and additional resources.
These EMM staff members would love to inspire and challenge your group. Click on the speaker's name to send him/her an email, or call EMM at 717 898-2251. If you are interested in scheduling EMM's church revitalization Coach, Antonio Ulloa, learn more here.
|Kaylene Derksen, Development Director
Kaylene has been involved in both short- and long-term missions, helping to plant churches in Birmingham (Ala.), and Halle, Germany. Kaylene also traveled to Central America with a drama team and led a youth coffee house in the Netherlands. She considers communication one of her passions, and has written and produced two plays. Kaylene enjoys leading worship with her husband, Jimm, and loves being a mother to her daughter, Helena.
Special focus: stories on families and parenting in mission, Sabbath and living in sustainable rhythm, the importance of your story in mission, and stewardship and missions giving
|Galen Hershey, Facilities Manager
In his role as the facilities manager, Galen is responsible for all aspects of the physical plant, grounds, and office machines at EMM's Central Administrative Office, and he oversees the mailroom. He has a passion to "see believers work and serve together for the one great and all important cause, knowing God and making Jesus known to all the earth and not be divided over issues that we place as more important than that one all important purpose." Galen and his wife Jolie are the parents of five grown children.
Special focus: missionary stories of God at work, and our call to take Jesus to the world
|Gerry Keener, President
Gerry focuses on the ways EMM can live out its mission vision to “cross cultures, engage the world, and make disciples of Jesus.” Gerry has served with EMM for more than 40 years and has a deep understanding of the organization. He and his family served as missionaries in Vietnam for 12 years. Gerry and Donna along with their two daughters, Viktoria and Yen Elizabeth, live in Lancaster, Pa.
Special focus: mission stories from Vietnam, call of missions, and life journey in ministry
|Andrew Mashas, Church Relations and Development Coordinator
Andrew is passionate about keeping congregations and individuals engaged in mission and vision through events, telling missionary stories at services, and connecting personally.
|Steve Shank, Strategic Coach
As a strategic coach, Steve trains and encourages EMM's regional representatives in various locations around the world. He, along with his wife Rose, planted three churches in Latin America and two in Pennsylvania. For over ten years he worked as a consultant, helping churches and church networks develop vision and implementation strategies for mission and church planting ventures. Steve has taught in mission training schools, short-term missions preparations, colleges, leadership training schools, and graduate schools in the areas of missions, church planting, and leadership development.
Special focus: stories of Latin America, mobilizing the local church, giving heart-to-heart, and youth and children's mission education
|David and Grace Shenk, Angie Earl, Andres Prins, and Jonathan Bornman, EMM's Christian-Muslim Relations Team
Special focus: Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, sharing the gospel with Muslims, and Christ-centered peacemaking in a world of many religions and ideologies
|Antonio Ulloa, Church Revitalization Coach
In 1992, Antonio, his wife Patricia, and their two sons moved to the U.S. from their native Honduras in response to a calling to work with the Mennonite churches of North America. He was a church planter in Allentown, Pa., and now works with EMM as a church consultant, mainly in the areas of church revitalization and healthy church life. Before coming to the U.S., Antonio was the academic dean of the Christian Education Center of the Amor Viviente churches in Honduras, as well as a worship program director and an associate pastor. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
Special focus: Mission stories from Honduras, healthy church life, need-oriented evangelism, dying to self and living for Christ, hearing God, and many other topics related to church revitalization and renewal.
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Isaiah’s picture of new growth springing up in a garden, later used by Jesus as well, vividly captures our hope for transformation of our broken, weary world and energizes us to join God in mission.
“For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations” (Isaiah 61:11, NRSV).
Our mission statement gives substance to our vision and helps us stay focused when setting goals and making choices about how we function in our context.
Today, the Western church seems to be caught in an irresolvable tension between being appealing while also being a disciplined and discipling community. While we affirm the church's desire to be warm and welcoming, we also desire a church community capable of confronting principalities and powers; a community that serves as an effective witness to God’s vision to transform all things.
This vision, and our own experiences with Christ’s transforming love, carry us into three tiers of work, as expressed in our mission statement:
Christ’s transforming love compels us to
engage the world
and make disciples of Jesus
Cross cultures (Philippians 2:5–7)
We recognize that God has given us a specific focus for working in cross-cultural contexts. Today, cross-cultural relationships are happening everywhere. This is leading EMM to reach out in the Northeastern United States as well as internationally.
In all cross-cultural interactions, we go with Jesus’ posture of humility and service. At the same time, we are clear about our identity in Christ and our desire to share Him with all people.
Engage the world (Colossians 3:17)
We want to experience life fully with others, as Jesus did. We seek to engage in activities that are beneficial to the surrounding community. We desire to help people express their gifts and callings in ways that will be a blessing to the world and a testimony to Christ’s transforming love.
We are fully engaged to bless the world as Jesus did, and as so many of His followers have done since.
Make disciples of Jesus (Matthew 28:19)
The words of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” stirred the founders of EMM and continue to provide the focus of our organizational life and daily work.
We desire to follow Jesus’ example of making disciples by proclaiming the message of His kingdom to the world, and also by cultivating relationships in which we share our lives with those around us. In this posture, we all grow together into the life of Jesus. We desire to see the multiplication of transformative communities of Jesus followers that seek to make more disciples by radiating the love of Christ throughout the world.
We know that accomplishing this mission is a task bigger than any one organization. That’s why through partnerships, collaboration, and networking, we hope to see, more and more, everyone moving in mission.
Our core values flow from our beliefs and shape how we carry out God’s mission.
Obedience “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
At the heart of EMM ministry is joyful, relational obedience to the voice of God. Our obedience is rooted in thankfulness to God, who pursues humanity with love and forgiveness.
Well-being “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
We seek the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of everyone in the EMM community — workers and those whom they serve around the world, staff, and stakeholders.
Multiplication “But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied” (Acts 12:24, NASB).
When every disciple of Jesus goes and makes disciples across the street or around the world, the church experiences multiplication (rather than simple addition), and the kingdom of God expands throughout the earth.
This short, gripping video provides a brief glimpse into EMM’s past, present, and future. In under four minutes, see EMM’s beginnings, some highlights of the global work happening today, and exciting innovations just around the corner — all accompanied by stunning visuals. From 1894 to today and beyond … the vision endures.