Conference Ministries

Conference Ministries are agencies, committees or programs that originate from the Virginia Mennonite Conference, and while many have separate boards and governance structures, their primary constituency is VMC, a majority of their boards are comprised of VMC members and the entities are, broadly, “owned” by VMC.


Eastern Mennonite School

Eastern Mennonite SchoolA Christian education institution that combines an academically challenging curriculum with a strong commitment to Christian discipleship, peace and justice issues, service, and a global outlook.

Eastern Mennonite School joins home and church in calling students to faith in Jesus Christ, academic excellence, personal integrity, and compassionate service in the world.

Educational philosophy:
EMS has served Harrisonburg and the surrounding counties for over 90 years, combining an academically challenging curriculum with a strong commitment to Christian discipleship, peace and justice issues, service, and a global outlook.

The K-12 curriculum is designed to foster reading, research, writing and presentation skills that grow student curiosity, creative and insightful thinking, organizational strategies and a moral social conscience. A strong college preparatory track includes honors, Advanced Placement, and other advanced courses. Regular activities are also designed to help students grow spiritually as well as intellectually. In study, worship, and play, students are challenged to integrate faith with life — to learn and apply Biblical standards to life’s decisions. A participatory-based co-curricular program at the elementary level encourages exploration of athletics and other interests. Secondary students further refine skills and confidence in performance through a music program, including a choir which tours internationally, drama and musical theater, service opportunities, a wide variety of clubs, and competitive athletics.

Paul G. Leaman, Head of School | Main Campus Phone: (540) 236-6000 | Visit website


Virginia Mennonite Missions

Virginia Mennonite MissionsVMMissions equips the church to share new life in Jesus Christ with neighbors near and far.

VMMissions envisions a Spirit-filled church of many cultures living out God’s kingdom in every sphere of life.

Virginia Mennonite Missions was formed in 1919 to help Mennonites in Virginia share the good news of Jesus Christ with their neighbors in West Virginia. Within a few decades, the ministry had extended to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Today, with headquarters in Harrisonburg, Virginia, VMMissions supports 60 missionaries serving in 20 countries and sends multiple short-term teams each year, all focused on being and making disciples in the way of Christ. Ministries include evangelism and church planting, education, leadership development, children and youth ministry, deaf ministry, refugee and immigrant ministry, church revitalization and business as mission.

Aaron Kauffman, President | Office Phone: (540) 434-9727 | Visit website



Conference Endorsed Ministries

Conference Endorsed Ministries are organizations with roots in, continued relationship with, or accountability ties to the Virginia Mennonite Conference constituency. For mutual benefit, they apply for membership, are granted an endorsement for their ministry, and are provided with opportunities for visibility and reporting.


Mennonite Women of Virginia Conference

Mennonite Women of VAThe Conference chapter of Mennonite Women USA, inviting women across generations, cultures, and places to share and honor our stories, care for each other, and express our prophetic voice boldly as we seek to follow Christ.

Gloria Lehman, Chair | Visit webpage | Visit Facebook page


Crossroads (Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center)

CrossRoads Heritage CenterMennonites and Brethren have lived in the Shenandoah Valley for more than two centuries, but they have truly been the “quiet in the land.” Their creative labor as farmers and craftsmen and their unique forms of Christian piety and faith have been largely invisible. One purpose of the Heritage Center is to unveil this historical and spiritual legacy and serve as an interpretive center.

By identifying and interpreting this legacy, Brethren and Mennonites can satisfy the yearning to know more about themselves – who they are and how they came to be. Their emphasis on pacifism, voluntary service, disaster relief work, and international understanding are major themes in the Center, highlighting the contemporary work of the denominations. The Center interprets these values as expression of faith. The walk through the facility helps the visitor ponder these values as an option for one’s life and invites them to the Christian faith.

Greg Yoder, Executive Director | Phone: (540) 438-1275 | Visit website


Eastern Mennonite University

02-16-CRM-EMUEMU believes the best education combines rigorous academics with concern for the common good. Professors are mentors who know students by first name, chat over lunch or coffee, and nurture their life goals inside and outside the classroom.

Cross-cultural study, whether a semester of study abroad, three weeks in the summer, or an internship in Washington, D.C., prepares students to be critical thinkers with a global focus. The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding has earned world renown. Nursing students learn to care for the “whole” person. Student-athletes develop leadership and life skills they carry into adulthood.

EMU graduates display a unique combo of strong ethics, people skills, and flexibility, often with a focus on environmental and social sustainability.

Susan Schultz Huxman, President | Phone: (540) 432-4000 | Visit website


Family Life Resource Center

FLRCFamily Life Resource Center (FLRC) is a nonprofit counseling agency meeting the behavioral health need of individuals, couples and families. Working from a Christian faith perspective, counselors at Family Life Resource Center are committed to helping people pursue health and wholeness as individuals and in their relationships.

The Family Life Resource Center provides professional counseling and services for growth towards hope, health, and healing. They provide counseling with a Christian orientation, assist in individual, family, and marital problems, provide consultation and resources for pastors, students, and congregations, and provide education and resources for early identification of problems requiring intervention.

Marie Bradley, Administrative Director | Terri Adamson, Clinical Director | Phone: (540) 434-8450 | Visit website


Gift & Thrift, Inc.

Gift and Thrift, Inc.A nonprofit organization committed to Christian faith in action, stewardship of our environment and supporting the primary goals of MCC.

Shannon Secrist, General Manager | Phone: (540) 433-8844 | Visit website


Highland Retreat

02-16-CRM-HighlandHighland Retreat is a year-round Christian retreat center and summer youth camp located in the mountains of northwestern Virginia on the edge of the Shenandoah Valley. The 167 acres of mostly forested land is close to the George Washington National Forest and offers scenic vistas as well as a wide variety of wildlife in its hills, streams, pond and fields.

Highland Retreat is a non-profit corporation closely affiliated with Virginia Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church USA. Highland maintains membership with Christian Camp and Conference Association USA and the Mennonite Camping Association. The facilities are offered to churches, families, individuals, and groups whose interests are compatible with Christian principles. It offers a mountain setting where people meet Jesus Christ, explore nature and build relationships.

Kent Kauffman, Executive Director | Phone: (540) 705-0554 | Visit website


Mennonite Disaster Service of the Shenandoah Valley

02-16-CRM-MDSA local chapter of Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), which coordinates volunteers from Anabaptist churches for disaster response.

Kevin King, Executive Director | Visit website


Mennowood Retirement Community

MennowoodMennowood Retirement Community is a tranquil, friendly place for seniors seeking a caring, enriching lifestyle.

It is our mission to enhance the quality of life for each resident through personalized attention and care. We believe in preserving dignity through personal choice, respect and understanding in a comfortable and welcoming environment that brings joy and fulfillment for those that live and work at Mennowood Retirement Community. Our retirement community offers what each resident needs; independent living, senior assisted living, memory care, and more. The focus is on providing seniors with a supportive setting so life is the way they want it to be.

Jon Aldridge, Executive Director | Phone: (757) 249-0355 | Visit website


NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center

NewBridgesNewBridges is a resource center for the spiritual, social and economic needs of immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley.

They can answer housing-related questions such as how to apply for affordable housing and how to refinance mortgages, help people navigate the world of personal finance, provide an immigration law clinic, help community members explore adult continuing education and connect children with the public school system, and assist with everything from document notarization to renewing documents with respective Consulates.

Alicia Horst, Executive Director | Phone: (540) 438-8295 | Visit website


Pleasant View, Inc.

Pleasant View, Inc.Pleasant View, Inc. supports individuals with disabilities achieve their own spiritual, emotional, relational, vocational and residential goals. Currently they are supporting about 105 adults in residential locations and about 125 people in day support programs.

Pleasant View, Inc. was founded in 1971 by members of the Virginia Mennonite Conference out of a concern for people within the church and the wider community who have intellectual disabilities. All individuals will have the opportunity to live in and enrich their communities. Pleasant View supports individuals with disabilities achieve their own spiritual, emotional, relational, vocational, and residential goals.

Nancy Hopkins-Garriss, Executive Director | Phone: (540) 896-8255 | Visit website


Roberta Webb Child Care Center

Roberta Webb Child Care CenterProviding quality, affordable, licensed child care in a safe and nurturing environment and provide children with a good start.

Phone: (540) 434-8699 | Visit Facebook page


Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC)

Virginia Mennonite Retirement CommunityProviding a broad continuum of quality senior services in a manner that demonstrates Christian love and compassion.

Judith Trumbo, President/CEO | Phone: (877) 506-4952 | Visit website


Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center

Williamsburg Christian Retreat CenterWilliamsburg Christian Retreat Center provides Christ-Centered programs, services and retreat facilities in a peaceful setting to encourage fellowship, growth, and renewal.

WCRC seeks to remain faithful to Christ, the Word of God, and the demonstration of His love; provide a peaceful setting that encourages a relaxed pace, enjoyment of the outdoors, and worship of God; present attitudes that are friendly, compassionate, courteous & helpful; provide opportunities for adventure, recreation and fun that will build positive memories for all ages; and maintain clean and attractive grounds and facilities.

Bob Briscoe, Executive Director | Phone: (757) 566-2256 | Visit website



Denominational organizations


Mennonite Church USA

The national denomination, officially created in 2002, to which Virginia Mennonite Conference and the following denominational organizations belong.



A financial services organization based on the idea that it is possible to incorporate your faith and values with your decisions about money.


Mennonite Central Committee

A worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation.


Mennonite Education Agency

Mennonite Education Agency strives to strengthen the life, witness and identity of Mennonite Church USA through education, and drive the growth of Mennonite Church USA by equipping our educational systems, with innovative tools and vibrant connections.



A print and electronic media organization based in Harrisonburg, Va., with staff also located in Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Ontario, Manitoba and Pennsylvania. MennoMedia is an agency of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.


Mennonite Mission Network

The mission agency of Mennonite Church USA, with offices in Elkhart, Ind.; Newton, Kan.; and Harrisonburg, Va.; along with dispersed staff throughout the United States. Mission Network currently support workers and ministries in more than 50 countries.