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            Get to Know an Employee

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            Andrew Hartzler, Associate Professor of Accounting

            Beth Miller, Associate Professor of Nursing

            Jose Rocha, Associate Professor of Music

            Jody Saylor, Associate Professor of Biology

            Duane Stoltzfus, Professor of Communication

            Ruth Hochstetler, Circulation Manager in the Library

            What faith tradition did you grow up in?

            I grew up in a Mennonite tradition.

            What is your current faith tradition?

            I attend a non-denominational church now, but the background I came from has provided a stable and rich foundation I will forever be grateful for.

            Where did you grow up?

            I grew up in a rural community close to Doylestown, PA.

            What are your hobbies?

            I love to read, write, cook/bake, be grandma, keep up with friendships and create – simple scrapbooks, sewing, etc.

            How do you de-stress?

            Pray, take a walk, read the Bible or an inspirational book, talk to friends.

            Where or how do you experience God?

            I experience God in the mornings when I set aside time to read the Bible, answer questions for a Bible study I’m in, and sometimes listen to worship music. I’m growing in learning to appreciate and recognize his presence in all that I do, inviting his wisdom, peace and direction to guide me. I often hear his voice through others as I see his image in them, or read inspiring books.

            What do you understand your life’s vocation to be, and what role does faith play in it?

            For me it’s less about vocation, since I don’t have a specific career, and more about allowing God to use the gifts he’s given me to help and serve others. So whatever job I’m in I want to focus on the people around me and how I can love them better. I believe I am called to be an encourager and friend. I like to express that in one-on-one relationships and through writing.

            What event or circumstance has informed or impacted your faith?

            I have learned to trust God and experience more intimacy with him as I leaned on him through earlier years of a panic and anxiety disorder. I also learned more about trusting God after my first spouse died when he was 41 years old. Adversities have drawn me closer to the God who is faithful and near to the brokenhearted.

            What about your faith keeps you rooted in your passions or causes you believe in?

            Keeping a daily relationship with the living God of our Lord Jesus Christ and believing he loves me unconditionally and has good purposes for me to fulfill, gives my life meaning and gives me confidence to follow the passions he has birthed in me.

            What advice did you receive from any faith/spiritual mentors you have had that you are willing to pass on to current students?

            I remember after my husband died, and I experienced many losses, a phrase I read stuck with me. Since God does not withhold anything good from us, whatever I think I have to have, or even deserve, and have worked hard for and I’m not experiencing it, I need to let go and trust there is a better time for it or something different that he will provide for me. If I don’t have it now, I don’t need it now. That is not always easy to accept, but there is great peace in acknowledging his sovereignty.

            Other than Jesus, which biblical character is inspiring to you? Why?

            It’s hard to choose just one…I’ll say Ruth.This was a woman who left a heathen culture and learned to love the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That love became a faith strong enough to withstand the death of a spouse, to make a commitment to a grieving mother-in-law to serve and care for her as well as submit to her leadership, and become one of the few women, and non-Jewish women, to be included in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

            How do you have or what is your hope in the world?

            My hope is in a God who is sovereign over all of life. His love for all peoples provides a way for everyone who believes in Jesus to have life with him now and forever. This life empowers me and all followers of Jesus to make a difference in this world by how we live and share God’s love with others. Our citizenship is in heaven, and that frees me from worry about what might happen here in this world and gives me peace and hope for a future that is far better than anything we can experience in this world.

            What is your hope for students and their faith while they attend Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图?

            That they will encounter Jesus Christ as Savior, either for the first time, or continue to encounter his presence here on campus where Christ is proclaimed to be the center in all we do. I hope they become more convinced of who Jesus is and grow in their love for him and understand more clearly what gifts he has given them and how he wants to equip them to use those gifts to spread his kingdom on this earth. I pray they will be stronger in their faith in Jesus when they leave Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图 than when they first arrived.

             

            Jennifer Schrock, Merry Lea Communications and Mennonite Creation Care Network

            What faith tradition did you grow up in? What is your current faith tradition?

            I am a Mennonite from the cradle.

            Where did you grow up?

            I grew up near Harleysville, a small town about 30 miles from Philadelphia. My family had been rooted in this community for over 200 years.

            What are your hobbies?

            A. Reading: In 2016, I decided to shape this part of my life by reading a dozen novels from international or minority U.S. voices. And so I travelled by book to Chile, Turkey, Nigeria, Afghanistan, India, several Native American reservations and a couple of Afro-futurist destinations.

            B. Plant taxonomy: This girl-geek hobby means I love to find plants I don’t know and identify them. My list is over 1200 plants. I also keep a life list of birds.

            C. Quilting: I haven’t done much with this in recent years, but I had a strong quilting phase years ago. I like learning about how people from different cultures make quilts. Some are engineers, some are storytellers and some are like, “Who needs a ruler anyway?”

            How do you de-stress?

            Journaling helps me. One technique I use is based on the work of a psychologist named James Pennebaker. He showed that writing about a painful experience five days in a row for 20 minutes at a time has physical health benefits (not to mention psychological ones) months into the future.

            Where or how do you experience God?

            A. I experience God in church among people who speak my faith language and with whom I have a long term relationship. I often find myself shedding tears in church because of the beautiful things we say to our children or to each other through songs or stories or litanies. One reason I find church moving is that I have trained myself to look for God there. Through baptism, I have said that this setting is important to me, and so I have developed a practice I call Sabbath journalling. Most weeks, I write down what the highlights of my morning in church were. (I DON’T record the negatives!) Sometimes it is a song; sometimes it’s the sermon; sometimes it’s a conversation or the kids in my Christian education class.

            B. I experience God in nature. Whenever I meet a new species or see one that you can’t count on running into, I experience it as an act of God’s grace.

            What do you understand your life’s vocation to be, and what role does faith play in it?

            I am called to be a wide-eyed witness to the glory of God at work at the intersection of creation and the faith heritage I have been given. This expresses itself through my habit of recording nature sightings, through leading Mennonite Creation Care Network (part of my job) and by clinging to my faith even when doubt would be justified and seem easier.

            What event or circumstance has informed or impacted your faith?

            My husband is a pastor and a spiritual director. A shared faith and faith community is at the core of our marriage and I am grateful for that. We talk a lot about faith issues. Having this in common has made it easier for me to keep believing in the things I cherish, to work harder at nurturing my own faith and to get to church every Sunday.

            What about your faith keeps you rooted in your passions or causes you believe in?

            I think Christianity—especially in the Mennonite tradition—is a gutsy and hard-headed faith that tells the truth about how hard change is. Jesus was crucified, after all. The theology I embrace teaches that Jesus is particularly present in failure and pain, and that there is hope in spite of these.

            What advice did you receive from any faith/spiritual mentors you have had that you are willing to pass on to current students?

            I have forgotten people’s advice; I can only think of actions. My father’s example tells me to persevere in sharing what is important to me, even if it appears to have no impact. My spiritual director’s example tells me to laugh a lot, to delight in the uniqueness of each person and to err on the side of unconditional love.

            Other than Jesus, which biblical character is inspiring to you? Why?

            Ananias in Acts 9:1-19. This is a story that deserves to be told more often. Ananias had the courage to seek out his enemy and lay his hands on him so that he could be healed. His willingness to touch someone he could have hated restored the Apostle Paul’s sight and enabled him to embrace and share the Gospel. I would like to be an Ananias for someone someday.

            I also like Vashti in Esther 1 who refused to be made into a sexual plaything at a drunken party.

            How do you have or what is your hope in the world?

            I hope to see the face of Jesus Christ—and to recognize him when I do.

            What is your hope for students and their faith while they attend Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图?

            • I hope that students will find the mentors they need at critical times of despair or decision.
            • I hope that students will come to a deeper faith than they came in with, or will find new convictions they care about.
            • I hope that we will not cause long-term harm to any faith worth having.

             

            Glenn Gilbert, Director of Facilities

            What faith tradition did you grow up in? What is your current faith tradition?

            I grew up in a conservative Christian 安徽福彩快3走势图, though not affiliated with any particular denomination.

            Where did you grow up?

            In Southwest Michigan about 100 miles north of Goshen.

            What are your hobbies?

            I enjoy the outdoors, hiking and biking, canoeing, ice-skating and cross-country安徽福彩快3走势图 skiing. I play the trombone, enjoy participating in large and small ensembles. I enjoy reading and learning new ideas.

            Where or how do you experience God?

            This has changed over the years. I have moved away from an inner one-on-one “relationship” with God, to more of an awareness of God’s presence in the world, particularly in community. I don’t see God as a being that hands out or withholds personal favors, but rather an understanding, yet omnipotent force working throughout creation.

            What do you understand your life’s vocation to be, and what role does faith play in it?

            Live life in appreciation of the breath and strength I have been given for the day. I need to live as if life is finite and believe that God is much more than what I bring to it.

            What event or circumstance has informed or impacted your faith?

            Community. Which has happened through events, I suppose, but I can’t single any specific one at this point. Clearly the relationships that I have developed at my church, Assembly Mennonite, and my workplace, Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图 have greatly impacted my faith.

            What about your faith keeps you rooted in your passions or causes you believe in?

            Again, it is through these communities (and others) that I continue to witness the power of love and my place in the universe.

            How do you have or what is your hope in the world?

            My hope lies in the human potential to love and care for each other and God’s creation. My hope is not in some notion that God is going to intervene on our behalf.

            What is your hope for students and their faith while they attend Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图

            I hope that their faith will be pushed to the core and that they will come through the pressure with a healthy love for themselves, humanity, and God’s amazing creation. I hope their knowledge gets overwhelmed with new questions and mysteries and their thirst for new understanding becomes unquenchable. And throughout their time at Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图 they will experience what it means to be part of a community of saints and sinners that they will take with them for the rest of their journey.

             

            Beth Bontrager, Mennonite Historical Library Administrative Assistant

            What faith tradition did you grow up in?

            Mennonite Church

            What is your current faith tradition?

            Anabaptist Mennonite Church with a branch of Episcopal

            Where did you grow up?

            I was born in Cleveland OH, where my dad was pastoring, spent years in Kidron OH where Dad taught at Central Christian HS, and then moved to Hesston KS when I was 9 so my dad could be professor at Hesston College安徽福彩快3走势图. Attended Hesston, Goshen, majored in English, Minor in Theatre Communications (lots of music, history, Spanish and German, too) My family roots are in Archbold OH and Goshen, IN.

            What are your hobbies?

            Vocal, piano and recorder music, reading (just about anything), tracking what I read and what I want to read, attending shows and concerts, knitting.

            How do you de-stress?

            Reading in bed or cuddled up on the couch in front of a fireplace. Playing piano with vigor. Talking with a good friend. Knitting. Doing something for someone else. Go to a good movie with my boys and discuss it afterward.

            Where or how do you experience God?

            I participate in morning prayers from the Anabaptist Prayer Book with several other people five mornings a week. This ritual practice prepares me for my day and focuses my thoughts on those I love, my community, the broader church and the world. I experience God when I relate to people–learning about them helps me to broaden my understanding of how God works in lives and our world, even when we aren’t fully aware of it. Talking with my husband provides a good grounding resource for me. I experience God in music, listening to or performing it. I experience God in revealing moments of the Arts–literature, movies, theater, visuals, etc.

            What do you understand your life’s vocation to be, and what role does faith play in it?

            My vocation is service to God in whatever circumstance God places me. I have worked in 安徽福彩快3走势图s, not-for-profits, an attorney’s office and in healthcare, as well as the hospitality service industry. My faith is about relationships–with God, with others and with myself. Thus how I do my work, as well as how I relate to these three in my whole life, is how I live out my salvation and my faith in God.

            What event or circumstance has informed or impacted your faith?

            My year in the InterMenno Program shaped my faith in that I found family of faith in surprising places. The host family my first six months truly made me a part of their family and I was able to visit them this past summer in Germany after 32 years. Additionally, while I was in Brussels, I sought out a Lutheran English-speaking church community who welcomed me in, assisted me with various issues, invited me to their 安徽福彩快3走势图s, and generally supported me in faith and needs. Thus, I have found faith community to be the FIRST thing I look for when I relocate–finding people and worship experiences where I can contribute and am welcomed to live out my faith and find support. In this way I continue to grow and expand my understanding of God and what it means to be a follower of Christ–and I am never alone.

            Additionally, I have chronic health issues. This has forced me to find ways to enrich my life and live in the moment, finding ways that God is at work in me and through me by how I live each day. It has also focused my thinking on how grace and mercy figure into my faith–they are integral–and how others show them to me, and how I can be God’s servant by accepting grace and mercy gracefully and honestly.

            What about your faith keeps you rooted in your passions or causes you believe in?

            Participation in worship and relationships. I attend College安徽福彩快3走势图 Mennonite Church on Sunday Mornings and participate in music there. I attend Faith Mennonite Church Sunday late afternoons and participate in music, worship leading and on committees there. Once every 4-6 weeks I attend St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church in Bristol, where I revel in the joy of the liturgy and mass. Different styles of worship speak to me about the different faces of God, just as different compositions of God’s community reveal those different faces. Participation in worship is integral in keeping me rooted in passions for justice and grace for all people.

            What advice did you receive from any faith/spiritual mentors you have had that you are willing to pass on to current students?

            Find a faith community to be a part of and find people to trust with questions and fears. Be willing to be vulnerable and people will be vulnerable and supportive with you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions which seem to have obvious answers. Listen to other people’s faith stories/journeys. Read the Bible with a questioning mind. Try various churches until you find a community which is welcoming to you and where you feel you will be safe.

            Other than Jesus, which biblical character is inspiring to you? Why?

            The woman who washed Jesus’ feet. She was willing to be vulnerable to Jesus, to express her love, uncertainty and fears, and emotions, as well as give a gift of great price–in front of everyone who judged her. Jesus did not judge her. This picture of Jesus is one of mercy, of justice, of grace and of love and encouragement. But she had to be willing to take that risk in front of the world in order to receive and experience those things.

            How do you have or what is your hope in the world?

            Peace and Justice in relationships and in how the haves treat the have-nots. Treating one another in love and mercy. Expanding the church to be a welcoming place for all. God’s people are not defined by labels, but by service and love and living out their faith.

            What is your hope for students and their faith while they attend Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图?

            That they will always seek and find faith communities to participate in and experience support and love and that you will find people to trust with questions and fears. Faculty, staff and other students are here for you. Be willing to be vulnerable, and people will be vulnerable and supportive with you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions which seem to have obvious answers. Listen to other people’s faith stories/journeys. Read the Bible with a questioning mind. Don’t avoid classes you think you won’t like or don’t think you will succeed in. Be brave and take risks. Go on SST–get out of your comfort zone. Get involved in groups. All of these things will expand your relationships, and in that, your experience of how God is working in the eyes of others. Have those late-night conversations with friends. Learn about other faiths and backgrounds. You will find ways that your gifts can be used in service to others and to God. Lower your expectations and put aside assumptions–you will be surprised and, maybe, delighted. Learn to say please and thank you. In lots of languages!

             

             

            Michael Sherer, Executive Director of Technology 安徽福彩快3走势图 and Innovation

            What faith tradition did you grow up in? What is your current faith tradition?

            I grew up Mennonite and currently attend Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. I attended a Quaker Meeting when I was 10 and a Nazarene Church after college. I also studied Catholic spirituality while in seminary

            Where did you grow up?

            I grew up in Goshen with a couple of year stints away in Ann Arbor and London.

            What are your hobbies?

            Medical research, biking, travel, ethnic foods.

            How do you de-stress?

            Sudoku, walking, biking, research

            Where or how do you experience God?

            My goal here is constantly, though I certainly fall short on this. Concepts like living out your faith and praying without ceasing to me mean being attentive to the spirit of God in every moment. That’s often most evident in interactions with people, but also comes through music and nature and seemingly random occurrences.

            What do you understand your life’s vocation to be, and what role does faith play in it?

            I think of my vocation as solving problems and empowering others to solve problems. Faith in this sense is about prioritization–what is important in and out of the work context to spend time on, and finding balance among all of life’s roles and responsibilities.

            What event or circumstance has informed or impacted your faith?

            I grew up in College安徽福彩快3走势图 Mennonite Church and heard Millard Lind preach about faith in terms of covenant. This was and continues to be formational for me, in that faith is commitment. So when I was baptized at age 18, I thought about it as a lifelong covenant very analogous to marriage. I take these commitments seriously, but also find them liberating and grounding. They define me and provide a solid foundation to operate out of.

            What about your faith keeps you rooted in your passions or causes you believe in?

            I have been privileged to be a part of church-related organizations that I care about, that share my values and provide a context to work out of and share my gifts. They are also a community of seekers attempting to effect positive change in the world and that’s very motivating for me.

            What advice did you receive from any faith/spiritual mentors you have had that you are willing to pass on to current students?

            I waited a long time to join the church because I didn’t feel ready or ‘good enough.’ Some wise adult reminded me that being a church member was not about achieving some level of perfection but of committing oneself to follow Christ in life. Sounds simple, but it was what I needed to hear at that point.

            Other than Jesus, which biblical character is inspiring to you?

            I used to tell the stories of Genesis to my daughter and I was struck by how the promises of God to Abraham were sustained and carried forward by deeply flawed individuals. That’s a metaphor for our own lives—deeply flawed but potentially integral to the work of God in the world.

            How do you have or what is your hope in the world?

            Salvation is a ‘now and not yet’ reality that comes from following Christ. That’s deeply encouraging to me—that my decision to follow Christ daily saves me from all kinds self-destructive and toxic behaviors and outcomes. And at a much grander theological level that God has already won the victory over evil and death. As Martin Luther King once said ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’

            What is your hope for students and their faith while they attend Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图?

            I hope students will recognize their own empowerment—technological, intellectual, moral and spiritual—and mission to do great good in the world, equip themselves for that work while here, and find a community of faith that supports them on that journey. In simple terms, God has a plan for your life—good and even great things for you to do. Blessings to you as you figure it all out.

             

            Corie Steinke, Associate Director of Community Life

            What faith tradition did you grow up in? What is your current faith tradition?

            I grew up in the Catholic Church but joined the United Methodist Church when I was 16 or 17. I’m still a member of the United Methodist Church but I’ve bopped around to other denominations as I’ve moved. I’m currently attending a very dynamic Nazarene Church.

            Where did you grow up?

            Sidney, Ohio– about 45 minutes north of Dayton

            What are your hobbies?

            I love listening to and playing music, watching movies and all kinds of TV, trivia, card and board games, cooking, and traveling.

            How do you de-stress?

            I’m an extrovert so when I’m stressed out I really like to be around the people that I most enjoy being around.

            Where or how do you experience God?

            I think I experience God the most when I’m in fellowship with other people, whether they believe the same thing I do or not. I experience God in thoughtful discussion and compassionate understanding between diverse people.

            What do you understand your life’s vocation to be, and what role does faith play in it?

            I graduated college with a degree in religion and thought I wanted to go into church ministry because that’s where I thought that’s where ministry only happened. I truly believe that my life’s ministry is to be with college students in their 4-year walk, wherever that may be. I’ve had to take lots of faith filled steps to get me to where I am now and really listen for God’s voice to guide me in that processing.

            What event or circumstance has informed or impacted your faith?

            Music is an enormous part of my personal testimony. There was one especially impactful moment in my early college years that, through music, nearly brought me to my knees in a very renewed and powerful way.

            What about your faith keeps you rooted in your passions or causes you believe in?

            My personal relationship with Christ really informs my global and social perspective. That same relationship influences how to treat others, how to respond and react to others, how to have compassion for others, and how to stretch my circle wider to include others and make room for them.

            What advice did you receive from any faith/spiritual mentors you have had that you are willing to pass on to current students?

            I’ve been very fortunate to have many faith mentors in my life but the piece of advice that stands out the most to me is from my grandmother, who was by far the most powerful influence in my life. She always faced any trial with the phrase, “With God, this too shall pass.” It’s reminded me that seasons change and what is difficult now and challenging now will not be so forever.

            Other than Jesus, which biblical character is inspiring to you? Why?

            Esther is my girl! I wrote about the book of Esther in college and have been attached to her story ever since.

            How do you have or what is your hope in the world?

            I have hope in the world because I believe that this world is not all that there is and that God has something amazing in store for all of us.

            What is your hope for students and their faith while they attend Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图?

            That they leave this place having grown through being challenged, affirmed, and know that God has a place for them in the world.

             

            Kali Miller, Associate Director of Community Life

            What faith tradition did you grow up in? What is your current faith tradition?

            I grew up knowing a God existed and bounced from church to church. Primarily, I grew up in Baptist and Methodist churches. Currently, I attend a Grace-Brethren Church.

            Where did you grow up?

            Garrett, Indiana

            What are your hobbies?

            I love history and specifically pre-colonial American history. My senior thesis in college was on the roles of the First Ladies. So basically I enjoy being a nerd! I also enjoy being outside and when there isn’t snow on the ground, I love kayaking!

            How do you de-stress?

            Napping, reading, talking to my mom, and distraction by just hanging out with people who truly know me.

            Where or how do you experience God?

            I experience God in my every day interactions with people. I simply love people and their stories. Through their stories I am able to experience God.

            What event or circumstance has informed or impacted your faith?

            I grew up in an unstable, abusive, alcoholic 安徽福彩快3走势图. My experiences through that have very much impacted my faith by my desire to have a stable fatherly figure in my life. The Lord was a constant in my life and, my faith in Him has shaped how I interact with the world.

            What about your faith keeps you rooted in your passions or causes you believe in?

            My faith has taught me that no matter where we come from we are already more than enough for God. My passion in life is to help others see their story as just a small part of God’s story and to see that all people have worth. Ultimately, I believe that we should love all people, simple as that.

            What advice did you receive from any faith/spiritual mentors you have had that you are willing to pass on to current students?

            I once had a spiritual mentor who would constantly tell me to “know my worth and know my identity.” The world changes all the time and so do our circumstances. Knowing that I am a daughter of Christ and that I am worthy (1 John 3:1, Matthew 10:31) helps provide stability in an ever-changing world.

            Other than Jesus, which biblical character is inspiring to you? Why?

            I am inspired by the story and marriage of Hosea and Gomer. This story focuses on redemption, specifically how God’s people continually turn from Him, but yet He still redeems them. We all have a redemption story. Read the book of Hosea or Redeeming Love to learn more about this!

            What is your hope for students and their faith while they attend Goshen College安徽福彩快3走势图?

            My hope for students is that they experience growth in their faith and that they seek out opportunities that will challenge them. Challenge is a necessary component of growth.