December 15, 2015

New Human Resources director begins at Eastern Mennonite Missions

Written by  Stephanie Hanna
 Becky Hess joined Eastern Mennonite Missions on December 1, 2015, as Human Resources director. Becky Hess joined Eastern Mennonite Missions on December 1, 2015, as Human Resources director. Photo credit: Tammy Evans.

SALUNGA, Pa. – Becky Hess began serving as Human Resources director at Eastern Mennonite Missions on December 1, 2015. In this role, Hess leads the Human Resources team, the appointment process for EMM workers, and member care for EMM personnel, including crisis and trauma care.

“My heart and mind were drawn to EMM by the concept of ‘going where the church is not . . . yet,’ reaching unreached peoples,” Hess said, “I was drawn to this particular role at EMM because I have a pastoral heart, along with gifts for connecting with the broken. Connecting and deep listening enliven my soul, and I’m passionate about people understanding God is present, even in the midst of chaos.”

EMM President Nelson Okanya said, “Becky brings many gifts and experiences to the role. Among these are a calming and non-anxious presence, a genuine and sensitive heart for the Lord, and compassion towards people. I am excited to have her join the EMM team.”

For one year Hess served as an EMM Board member, as the Atlantic Coast Conference representative. Hess said, “As a Board member I delighted in the opportunity for strategic thinking, and I found the organization openly empowering of me in this gift.”

Hess has served as a chaplain at Philhaven since 2011. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary (Harrisonburg, Va.) and a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from Bloomsburg (Pa.) University. She enjoys connecting with and teaching people of all ages and has taught preschool, second and third grades, and junior high.

Hess brings a variety of cross-cultural experiences, including student teaching in Ecuador, preaching in Haiti and Uruguay, and serving on short-term mission trips in Peru and Haiti. In the U.S., she’s served on short-term mission teams in Georgia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, and has led retreats for church and school groups. She volunteered with Bridge of Hope and has assisted several refugee families.

Hess has been actively involved at Neffsville Mennonite Church, a member of Atlantic Coast Conference, as a worship leader, teacher, mentor, mentoree, and elder.

Born in Millbury, Ohio, and raised in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, Hess now lives in Lancaster, Pa., with her husband, Jack. They have three children, Brad (living in Brooklyn, N.Y.), Kelly (living in Santiago, Chile), and Morgan (a senior at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa.)

Hess succeeds Sherill and Darrel Hostetter, who served as Human Resources and Member Care co-directors for 15 years.