Expand each member’s individual capacity for doing good
Boost organizational effectiveness
Cultivate and support the next generation of non-profit leaders
Justice and dignity for the vulnerable
Care of the spirit
Reconciliation, hospitality & service
Ethical business practices
Stewardship of God’s gifts
Most current members are affiliated with an Anabaptist denomination, such as Mennonite Church USA, US Mennonite Brethren, or the Brethren in Christ U.S. MHS membership spans many disciplines, including: retirement communities, mental and behavioral health services providers, acute care hospitals, ministries serving troubled children and families, healthcare centers, and programs serving people with disabilities. Our current membership -of more than 75 organizations - serves people of all ages across the United States. Membership fees are adjusted for organizational size.
MHS members enjoy a distinct advantage, as they have unlimited access to a full range of programs and services carefully designed to support their unique, kingdom-building work. Our unique faith combined with years of collaborative experience allows us to offer the tools and resources needed for success.
To better understand if MHS membership is the right investment for your organization, review this list of questions:
Could your team benefit from strengthened governance and leadership planning?
Would you benefit from shared ideas through networking and collaboration?
Could you improve your bottom line by saving money through shared services?
Would you enjoy working with talented, faith-inspired, and values-oriented consultants who understand your mission and ministry?
If you answered YES to any (or all!) of these questions, then MHS membership is certainly an investment worth considering. Click here for more information on membership.
We believe in the strength of long-term, beneficial relationships between organizations and their community of faith. Through national sponsorship, MHS and the sponsored organization share in the stewardship of the organization's mission.
Reserved powers are specified in the bylaws of the sponsored organization and address appointment of board members, appointment of a chief executive officer, approval of the mission statement, and approval of changes to the bylaws.
The MHS board is made up of five individuals appointed by the Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Brethren US Conference, six member-elected directors, and up to two at-large positions appointed by the board.
Edward (Ed) Brubaker, Vice Chair.
CEO, Living Branches.
Jenifer (Jen) Foster
Executive Director, Central California Mennonite Residential Services
College Ministries Coordinator, Messiah College
CEO, Kings View Corporation
Laurie Nafziger, Chair
Lowell Peachey, Finance Committee Chair
CEO, Mennonite Friendship Communities, Inc.
South Hutchinson, Kansas
Maribel Ramirez Hinojosa
College Station, Texas
Valerie Rempel, Secretary/Treasurer
Academic Dean, Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary
Rolando L. Santiago, Governance Committee
Chair, CEO, Santiago Consulting
Executive Director, Paxton Ministries
Professor of Nursing, Eastern Mennonite University
Ertell Whigham, Jr.
Associate Pastor, Nueva Vida Norristown New Life
Karen Lehman, President/CEO
Twila Albrecht, Administrative Assistant
Nila App, Executive Assistant
Julie Hillard, APG Administrative Coordinator
Alisa Miller, Managing Director of MHS Consulting
Heather Plunkett, Associate
Mim Shirk, Senior Vice President
As early as the late 1800's, Anabaptists in the United States began developing health and human service organizations, such as: nursing homes, mental health centers, hospitals, and agencies serving youth and those with developmental disabilities. In some cases, these ministries were initiated locally by individuals, congregations, and other groups, while others were initiated regionally or nationally by mission and service agencies. The existence of a national network of organizations can be traced to the 1940's, when Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) established five mental health organizations under the oversight of Mennonite Mental Health Services.
In the 1980's, Mennonite Mental Health Services separated from MCC and expanded to include any health and human service providers affiliated with Anabaptist denominations. A later refocusing of our mission resulted in the name MHS.
Today, MHS has more than 75 member organizations and maintains strong church connections through formal relationships with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Brethren US Conference. In 2013, MHS became an agency of Mennonite Church USA.