Phil Yoder

I was born and raised in Lancaster, PA, in the heart of Amish country. I grew up at James Street Mennonite Church and attended Lancaster Mennonite School -both places where my life was nurtured by wonderful communities of faith. In 2014, I graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with degrees in...

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Trustworthy Schumacher

I was born in Ashland OH and grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I went to Bluffton University where I studied Social Work and Recreation Management. We moved to Cincinnati where I worked at an Alzheimer Health Center. My experience there taught me patience and the importance of living life to...

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Don Burris

I was born in Nelsonville, Ohio and grew up until the age of twelve in Zanesville, Ohio. My parents and my 4 siblings moved to Bluffton in 1970 when my father was transferred with his work. In 1978 my father was transferred again, and my family moved to Columbia City,...

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Mark Suderman

I have served in the role of Director of Music at First Mennonite Church since 2006.  When our family moved to Bluffton in 2000, we knew we would want to worship at this church with its excellent pastoral team, warm congregation and wonderful music. It is a real gift to...

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Ray Raeburn

Originally from the Cleveland area, I came to Bluffton University (College) in 1987 and basically never left Bluffton. After graduating with a Music degree, I married Beth (Suter) who grew up in this church. We have one son, Andrew. I have been directing the Handbell Choirs here at First Mennonite...

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