Board of Directors

Brian Martin

Chair

Served on a GO! team to India and Nepal in 2005. Has served on the Board since September 2013 and became the chair of the Board in March 2014. Serves as pastor at Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community (LMC — a fellowship of Anabaptist churches) in East Earl, Pa.

Courageous faith and a Spirit-filled vision became key ingredients in birthing EMM over a century ago. While our world has changed greatly, I joyfully observe faith and a Spirit-filled vision propelling EMM forward in the missional mandate of our Lord for this generation.”

Akeia Haddox-Rossiter

Vice chair

Served as Missionary Support Team leader 2012–2013. Outreach Coordinator for Capital Christian Fellowship (LMC), working with food pantry, D.C. homeless ministry, and special events. Also serves as Assistant Worship Leader. Currently enrolled in STEP program at Eastern Mennonite University.

“Whether overseas or locally, I have the desire to support those who answer their call to the mission field, who immerse themselves in faith and culture, and who are transforming lives in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Laurie Gingrich

Treasurer

Served on a YES team in 2001 to Kazakhstan and led a YES team to Cambodia in 2005. She attends Laurel Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster City. She joined the Board in February 2018, and is excited to learn more about how God is moving in the world.

“I believe missions is about living each day with purpose and attention to what God is doing right where I am. I want to help equip other people to also live out their God-given mission wherever they are.”

Lynn Shertzer

Secretary

Pastor of Slate Hill Mennonite Church, an LMC congregation in Camp Hill, Pa. Has served in pastoral ministry for 18 years and previously worked in the business sector. Has been involved with the Shalom Council of Evangelical Churches (formerly known as the Spanish Mennonite Council) and several short-term mission experiences.

I desire to help EMM with their mission here and abroad as faithful stewards of the gospel and resources entrusted to us. I want to be a good listener of the Holy Spirit and others as we bring His Kingdom near through the good work of EMM.”

Lawrence Brenneman

Spent two years of voluntary service in eastern Kentucky with Mennonite Mission Network; served six years as missions and service chair and four years as missional leader for Allegheny Mennonite Conference. Has gained additional understanding through visiting missions in the Middle East, East Asia, and throughout the United States. He attends Pinto Mennonite Church (LMC) in Cumberland, Md.

“I deeply appreciate the purposes and goals for EMM’s existence. World-wide influence in enlarging Christ’s kingdom is truly amazing to me!”

Jon Byler

Served as a missionary in Kenya for 13 years, then 15 years with Global Disciples in various roles. Currently serves as chief operating officer at Center for Serving Leadership, and with his wife, Loice, pastors a church in Lancaster, Pa.
 
“There is no greater cause than the Great Commission Jesus left the church. Methods can and must change, but the purpose of the church, to share the good news of Jesus everywhere, remains. I’m delighted to support the board of EMM as together we build His Kingdom.”

Lyn Carlson

Served with EMM on a YES team to France in 1998, as a STAT co-leader to France in 2000, as a YES team leader to Lithuania in 2001, and as assistant director of the Harrisburg Discipleship Center from 2003–2004. Currently works as Director of Academic Support at Lancaster Mennonite School and attends Forest Hills Mennonite Church (Atlantic Coast Conference) in Leola, Pa.

“At a time when it’s easy to find much trouble in our world, I am humbled to serve this organization, which has been steadfast in shining Christ’s light of hope to many people both locally and globally.”

Joe Garber

Served in Voluntary Service 1977–79 in New York City.  With his wife, Yvonne, served in Tanzania with Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania (1986, 1988–90) as a teacher in Theological Education by Extension. Led several short-term mission trips to Albania and Tanzania with family and Byerland Mennonite Church where he has served as pastor since 1996. Previously served on the EMM Board 1998–2008. 

"I am humbled to serve on the Board of EMM. My heart's passion is for the reproduction of Kingdom principles into the lives of others for the global expansion of the Kingdom of God."

Ivania Garcia

Born in Managua, Nicaragua, and chose to follow Jesus in the U.S. in 1990 in the Spanish-language Mennonite church in Camden, N.J., Manantial de Vida.  Happily married to Hugo Garcia, and have served in pastoral ministry in that same congregation since 1994. 
 
"I am looking forward to the future of learning and growing with EMM, as I am happy to serve the Lord until He comes again."

Matt Hamsher

Serves as the executive director of the Evana Network, an association of evangelical Anabaptist congregations and a strategic partner with EMM. Served as the lead pastor of Longenecker Evangelical Anabaptist Fellowship near Winesburg, Ohio, from 2013 to 2019. Has been on several short-term mission trips around the world including Costa Rica, Colombia, and Mongolia.

"There is no greater blessing than to be involved in the process of someone coming to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is a privilege to serve on the board as EMM continues to make disciples of Jesus around the world."

Mindi Hoover

Has served short-term in Honduras, Tanzania, and the U.S. and long-term in Uganda from 2013–2016. She is currently on staff at LMC as an administrative assistant in finance and for the STEP program. Mindi and her family attend Byerland Mennonite Church in Willow Street. Pa.

“I believe that we are all called to mission, wherever we are, every day. I am thankful to be able to serve the EMM Board and support mission this way.”

Tuyen Nguyen

Served with EMM in England for four years. Has served on the Board since 2014. Serves as a bishop in LMC and pastor at the Church for the Needy (LMC), in Philadelphia, Pa.

“I have been working closely with EMM in various capacities since 1986. I hope to learn from and contribute to EMM’s mission endeavors in the world.”

Mike Sherrill

Served in Japan from 1991 to 1994 and from 2000 to 2017. Returned to the United States to become the director for Asia and the Middle East for Mennonite Mission Network (MMN). In 2020, accepted the position of executive director and CEO of MMN, where he works with a dynamic team to ensure that every congregation and all parts of the church are fully engaged in God's mission across the street, all through the marketplaces, and around the world.
 
"It is an honor to serve with the EMM Board as a fellow pilgrim pursuing the calling to energetically engage in God’s kingdom-building movement in the world." 

Lisa Zimmerman

Served with EMM in Kosovo from 2006-09 and Mennonite Central Committee in Akron, Pa. from 2002–06. Currently, is raising three daughters, working part-time at Hinkletown Mennonite School and attending Indiantown Mennonite Church, where her husband, Lee, is an associate pastor. Joined the EMM Board in May 2019.

"As I have been introduced to different cultures, I have seen and been excited about how much there is to learn and share regarding living like Christ."

Both EMM's president and LMC's moderator relate to the Board as non-voting ex-officio members.

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