Our Staff

Jeff Boehr

Pastor of Pastoral Care jeff@fmcbluffton.org
email: Jeff Boehr

I began life in this community and my faith was nurtured here in the First Mennonite Church faith family. My education started with my family on the farm and continued in the Bluffton school system. Part of my formation happened participating in music, youth group, and sports. I enjoyed being involved in as many of those things as possible. My first two years of college were at Taylor University studying systems analysis. I transferred to Bluffton University and finished with a BA in Administration and Accounting.

After college I ventured into music, singing professionally in a group called The Spurrlows based in Longwood, Florida. We lead music worship in large churches mostly in the southern US and performed on a convention circuit across the country and in Europe. This experience was also formational! The adventure continued with marriage to Beth, starting and operating a printing business called Boehr Print. I took a position as quarter time Youth Coordinator at First Mennonite for seven years and then a position at Bluffton University in Church Relations, Alumni Relations, and Assistant Campus Pastor. I was called to the role of Program Director at Camp Friedenswald. After three years I followed a long-time desire to attend seminary and entered an MA program in Christian Formation/Spirituality at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. I finished that degree in 2018. My formation continues.

 Beth and I have two adult sons that grew up in this community, Jacob and Micah. Their families with our two granddaughters and grandson live in Wisconsin and Illinois

Mark Suderman

Director of Music and Interim Church Administrator
email: 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 that we would want to worship at this church with its excellent pastoral team, warm congregation and wonderful music. It is a real gift to follow in the strong foundation laid by those who have led music and worship at First Mennonite Church before me. A music educator for 35 years, I am now semi-retired. Besides this quarter-time church position, I conduct the Lima Symphony Chorus. During Fall 2021, I will serve as the Interim Church Administrator while the congregation searches for a new pastor.

I greatly enjoy my life in the Bluffton community with my wife, Elaine, who is employed at Bluffton University. We have two grown sons, Ryan and Matthew. Ryan is married to Erin (Diller), and they have two wonderful children, Luke and Mara.

Carrie Mast

Children and Youth Ministry Director
email: Carrie Mast

Information coming!

Trustworthy Schumacher

Communication Coordinator | fmc@fmcbluffton.org
email: Trusty 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 the fullest and making great memories along the way. My husband Isaac and I, along with our little boy, Keagan moved back to Bluffton to be closer to family. We are grateful to be part of the First Mennonite Church community and we hope to continue to grow spiritually as we fellowship with you all.

 

Don Burris

Caretaker
email: Don Burris

Information Coming!

Ray Raeburn

Streaming/Social Media/Technology Coordinator
email: 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 since 1993. While I continue with these choirs, I have added a few things to my list of duties. With the start of the COVID pandemic, the church knew we needed to increase and strengthen our online capabilities and presence. I help coordinate a more visible Social Media presence with the help of other church members, as well as manage the weekly online streaming of our Worship Service on Facebook Live and Zoom. While I may not have an immediate answer to your technology questions at First Mennonite, I am the person you can ask, and I will find the answer for you.