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March 15, 2019

EMM appoints Lorri Bentch as new Mission Team director

Written by  Micah Brickner
Lorri Bentch will begin serving as the EMM Mission Team director on April 3. She will provide leadership to 111 global workers serving in 33 countries, including regional representatives, and a Central Administrative Office team of 5 personnel. Photo provided by Lorri Bentch. Lorri Bentch will begin serving as the EMM Mission Team director on April 3. She will provide leadership to 111 global workers serving in 33 countries, including regional representatives, and a Central Administrative Office team of 5 personnel. Photo provided by Lorri Bentch.

SALUNGA, Pa. — Gerry Keener, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), is pleased to announce that Lorri Bentch has been appointed as the Mission Team director. Bentch will begin employment on April 3, providing leadership to 111 global workers serving in 33 countries, including regional representatives, and five Central Administrative Office staff members.

Keener shared that Bentch “carries strengths in team leadership, strategic planning and implementation, mentoring and empowering leaders, management, and motivational speaking.”

In January, EMM announced the creation of a new position to give leadership to the Mission Team, which is the long- and short-term sending, partnering, and resourcing arm of EMM.

In addition to overseeing the critical work of EMM’s Mission Team, Bentch will also join the organization’s Leadership Team, which is comprised of the president, the Advancement director, the executive assistant to the president, the Finance director, and the Human Resources director.

“It is the fulfillment of a dream for me to participate in God’s mission through EMM again. I am eager to start working with EMM team members and partners as we seek to be faithful to God’s call for us in this next season of global mission,” said Bentch.

Bentch brings a wealth of missiological experience to her role with EMM. She and her husband, Timothy C. Bentch, served as EMM workers to Hungary from 1994 to 2006. Their work involved planting a thriving church in Budapest and founding a ministry focused on the fine-arts community in the city.

Prior to serving in Hungary, Bentch also served as the 1993–94 YES team leader to Russia and as a 1991–93 YES team member to Mexico. Bentch is fluent in Hungarian and conversational in both Spanish and Russian.

Most recently, Bentch served as the vice president of operations for Christian Union — an organization providing ministry to some of the most prestigious universities in the U.S., as well as connecting with professionals in strategic cities throughout the country. Prior to this role, she served as ministry fellow with Christian Union at her alma mater, Princeton University.

“She has experienced God’s blessing in raising up leaders among millennials and believes that this is a particular calling for her life … I believe Lorri is well-suited to support the work of God through EMM in making disciples of all peoples,” said Keener.

Bentch holds a Master of Laws degree in constitutional law from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton (N.J.) University. She has also completed some theological education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass.

While completing her graduate studies in Hungary, she served as a research assistant to Dr. András Sajó, one of the most influential constitutional law scholars in Central and Eastern Europe.

A resident of Telford, Pa., Bentch is a member of Souderton Mennonite Church where her husband serves as the lead pastor. She also serves as a volunteer young adult ministry leader for the Souderton congregation. Bentch and her husband are parents of three daughters: Emma, Eszter, and Evelyn Bentch.