During an April 29, Hesston College chapel, 52 students, faculty and staff members were commissioned for Christian ministry and service for summer and fall placements.
“These individuals are going to make a difference in someone’s life because they are willing to join with and participate in Jesus’ ministry that is already taking place in all of these different settings,” said Todd Lehman, Hesston College campus pastor.
The students will serve around the world in positions from camp counselor to supervisors at disaster sites.
Doing an eight-week field experience in Crisfield, Md., are Disaster Management Program students Austin Braddock, Baldwin City, Kan.; Jeremy Delly, Francklin, N.J.; Jonathon Gonzalez, Goshen, Ind.; Uriah Sauder, Lititz, Pa.; Lane Schrock, Parnell, Iowa; Quintin Selzer, Thomas, Okla.; and Garrett Woelk, Goessel, Kan. Program director Russ Gaeddert, Hutchinson, Kan.; and volunteers Don and Rachel Horst, Newton, Kan., will serve alongside the students.
Several students, faculty and staff will serve at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City June 30 to July 5:
Students Christy Swartzendruber, Shickley, Neb.; and Ali Zuercher, Phoenix, Ariz., will serve as service project leaders.
Faculty member Gary Oyer, Hesston, Kan.; staff member Russ Neufeld, Newton, Kan.; and students Spencer Miller, Milford, Neb.; and Michael Kilmer, Glendale, Ariz., will work with audio visual support.
Staff member Phyllis Weaver, Hesston, Kan., will work in the information booth.
Staff members Brent Brockmueller, Stephanie Swartzendruber and Kevin Wilder, all of Hesston, will serve with Community Life.
Staff member Simon Zehr, Tiskilwa, Ill., will be serving throughout the week.
Faculty member Laura Kraybill, Hesston, Kan., will serve as Adult Worship Coordinator, as well as serve on the writing team at Mennonite World Conference in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21 to 26.
Student Laura Blosser, Hesston, Kan., will serve as a nursery worker. She will also serve at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, Divide, Colo., as Cook Staff for two weeks.
Faculty member Rita Peters, Hesston, Kan. will volunteer at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp for two weeks.
Molly Cherveny, Topeka, Kan., and Robin Morris, Hutchinson, Kan., will serve at Camp Mennoscah, Murdock, Kan. Morris will also serve at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.
Megan Baumgartner, Hesston, Kan., will serve at Camp Friedenswald, Cassopolis, Mich.
Colton Eby, Fisher, Ill., and Catie Kauffman, Goshen, Ind., will serve at Camp Amigo, Sturgis, Mich.
Mary Bender and Andry Stutzman, both of Harrisonburg, Va., will serve at Choral Camp at Rosedale Bible College, Irwin, Ohio.
Hannah Hostetter, Nairoibi, Kenya, and Rachel Shenk, Waynesboro, Va., will serve at Highland Retreat, Bergton, Va.
Caroline Kauffman, Sarasota, Fla., and Cyannandra Luttrell, Tiskilwa, Ill., will serve at Camp Menno Haven, Tiskilwa.
Christina Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Pa., will serve at Camp Hebron.
Johanna Burkholder, Warden, Wash., will serve at Camp Camrec, Leavenworth, Wash.
Bree Flowers, Pinto, Md., will serve at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, Pa.
Steven Yoder, McVeytown, Pa., will serve at Gator Wilderness Camp, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Emma Roth, Goshen, Ind., will serve at Crooked Creek Christian Camp, Washington, Iowa.
Travis Splechter, Coffeyville, Kan., and Phillip Horning, Ephrata, Pa., will serve at the Mennonite Disaster Service youth project site at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Horning will also serve at Wilderness Wind Camp, Ely, Minn.
Elisabeth Wilder, Hesston, Kan., will serve at Wilderness Wind Camp and will also teach at a school in Honduras through Bilingual Education for Central America.
Sarah Hoover, Elbing, Kan., will serve at Camp Hiawatha, Wichita, Kan.
Cayla Bromlow, Winfield, Kan., will serve at Winfield First Presbyterian Church as a youth and nursery intern.
Quinn Kathrineberg, Salina, Kan., will serve as a teacher at Memphis (Tenn.) Teacher Residency.
Caroline Riggenbach, Lafayette, Ind., will intern at Shepard Community Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
MaKenna Grow, Logan, Utah, will fulfill missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Jared Hague, Marion, Kan., will serve with Aulne United Methodist Church, Marion, to rebuild homes in San Marcos, Texas.
Oliver Denlinger, Denver, Pa., and Karli Mast, Hubbard, Ore., will serve with Youth With a Mission in New Zealand.
Taylor Zehr, Wauseon, Ohio, will serve with Youth With A Mission in Austin, Texas.
Ben Rush, Quakertown, Pa., will serve with Eastern Mennonite Missions’ YES program in either Southeast Asia or Kenya.
Nick Yoder, Wellman, Iowa, will serve with Mennonite Central Committee’s Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program in Bolivia.