Our Staff

Jeff Boehr

Pastor of Pastoral Care / jeff@fmcbluffton.org

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

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Wanda Stopher

Pastor of Spiritual Formation | wanda@fmcbluffton.org

I became a pastor after a variety of work experiences as a teacher of children with developmental disabilities, tutor, dental assistant, retail store manager, and project manager at a machine shop. These experiences in addition to formal education shaped the person I’m becoming and continue to influence my work as pastor. I graduated from Bluffton College and studied for many years at then Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

One of the things I enjoy most about ministry is the variety! I love to study for sermons and walk with people in their faith journeys. Ministry creates a space for me to be present with people in times of deep joy and also in times of great loss. I like to say that ministry gives me a front row seat to witness what God is doing in the lives of individuals and in the life of a community of faith. I previously served as Associate Pastor at Central Mennonite Church in Archbold (my home congregation) and more recently as Regional Pastor in Ohio Conference of MC USA.

My husband, Bret, and I have three adult children, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. I love to spend time with family, garden, walk and read.

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Carrie Mast

Interim Children and Youth Ministry Director | mastc@bluffton.edu

 

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Mark

Mark Suderman

Director of Music

I have served in the role of music director 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. Outside this quarter-time position, I work at the Lima chapter of Habitat For Humanity as the Volunteer Coordinator, as well as conduct the Lima Symphony Chorus.

I greatly enjoy my life in the Bluffton community with my wife, Elaine, who is employed at Bluffton University. We have two grown sons, Matthew and Ryan, and daughter-in-law, Erin, and two wonderful grandchildren, Luke and Mara.

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Mary Pannabecker Steiner

Administrative Assistant | fmc@fmcbluffton.org

As a former journalist, retail manager, and college admissions counselor, this position allows me to use a blend of my skills. I love the busyness of a church where every day is different and people often pop in to say hello. When I arrive at work on a Monday morning I often find funny notes on my desk. The best so far was from my young cousin:  “Hi Applesauce. That is your new name!! Mine is peaches.” Love, Mia.”

I grew up at FMC, so some of my earliest memories are from activities that I participated in as a child – children’s choir, Sunday school, cleaning the restrooms with my high school classmates, traveling with the youth group to general conference and eating great food at potlucks.

My husband, Fred, and I have two grown daughters, and we own two online newspapers – www.blufftonicon.com and www.adaicon.com. We’re both born and bred Blufftonites, so feel very strongly about the continued growth and success of our community. The local churches are a huge part of this community so it feels good to be working at one of the churches.