Ever since EMM first decided to move to Lancaster City, we’ve sensed God leading us to create a hospitable space for immigrants, community members, and people engaged in mission. EMM’s plan to create a Hospitality Center at 450 North Prince Street is our response to that call. The Hospitality Center ministries will include:
- Assisting refugees and immigrants in language-learning and other resettlement needs
- Hosting/assisting small congregations and minority ethnic groups
- Building cross-cultural awareness, understanding, and friendship
- Christian faith development and discipleship
- Ministry to traumatized and/or marginalized people
- Training for cross-cultural Christian ministry and Christian leadership development
In order to form and develop this vision, EMM has appointed a volunteer committee called the 450 Ministry Team. This team, which is accountable to EMM’s Mission Team, is responsible for developing ministry activity within the Hospitality Center. It is composed of people who are rooted in Lancaster City and have strong connections to a local church and/or social service agency. These team members are Christian believers with a demonstrated commitment to mission and a serving lifestyle, and they affirm EMM’s mission and values.
The 450 Ministry Team will be a key part of EMM’s ministry through the Hospitality Center, both now — as they help the vision become a reality — and in the future, as they guide the activities of the Hospitality Center when it is operational. Equipped through experience for cross-cultural ministry in Lancaster, and inspired by local mission vision, this passionate group of volunteers will bring transformation in Lancaster City and beyond.
Meet the 450 Ministry Team
Ed McManness (team leader) is the executive director of Immerse International, a living-learning community and intensive English-language program for international students. He has helped launch Lancaster businesses like Prince Street Cafe and The Stroopie Co. Ed and his wife Joan previously lived in Indonesia for 13 years, serving with EMM and Frontiers. He attends a local house church.
Laurie Gingrich works as a registered nurse. She is a part owner of the Rabbit & the Dragonfly Cafe in Lancaster City. Laurie previously served on two short-term EMM assignments, and joined the EMM Board in 2018. She attends Connect Church.
Jennie Groff and her husband Jonathan are the owners of The Stroopie Co., a benefit corporation that provides employment for refugees. Jennie previously served on several short-term assignments with EMM. Her family is involved in a local house church.
Brad Herlein has worked at the Vista School in Hershey for four and a half years, where he helps young adults with autism find employment. He is excited to help give shape to how EMM’s mission can be active in Lancaster City. Brad is involved in a local house church.
Jessica Herlein works on EMM’s Human Resources team. She is working to build relationships in the Cabbage Hill neighborhood of Lancaster City, where she recently moved with her husband Brad. Jessica previously lived in India for five years. She attends a local house church.
Rodney Martin has pastored at Lititz Mennonite Church for 18 years, and became the senior pastor in 2009. In 2018, he became a Lancaster Mennonite Conference bishop. His passion is to see Lancaster’s churches become more multicultural. He and his wife Angie have two children.
Deb Muenstermann works as a part-time chaplain at a nursing home, and also teaches journaling for healing courses. Deb previously served in trauma healing in South Africa with her husband Ralph and their two children. She attends a church in Lancaster.
Ralph Muenstermann works as an architect and painter in Lancaster City. Originally from Germany, Ralph served in Africa and then moved to the U.S. with his wife Deb. He later returned with his family to Africa for five more years. He attends a church in Lancaster.
Greg Yoder is a self-employed graphic designer. He lives in Lancaster with his wife Dawn and their three children. Greg hopes to help EMM’s new Hospitality Center become a place where Lancaster residents can engage cross-culturally. He attends Crossroads Mennonite Church.
Rhoda Yost is the lead pastor at RiversEdge Fellowship, a multicultural church in Lancaster City with both Nepali and English-speaking fellowships. She is passionate about ministry to the nations. Rhoda and her husband Art have two adult children and seven grandchildren.