School Board

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School Board

  • Keith Zimmerman
  • Keith Zimmerman

    School Board Term Dates: 2017-2020

    Total Time On Board: 7 years

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Board Chairman, Chairman of the Building Committee

    Church Involvement: Lincoln Mennonite Church--Adult Sunday School teacher

    Community Involvement: Board member with Olive Branch Mennonite Mission and Faith Builders Educational Programs

    Family: Happily married to Kendra for the past 18 years. Four children, 2 boy and 2 girls.

    Life Verse: Romans 5:8 "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

    Reason for Serving on the Board: I believe that a quality Christian Education is one of the most valuable gifts that we can give to our children and I am honored to serve with an organization that makes that possible.

  • Steve Cassel
  • Steve Cassel

    School Board Term Dates: 2016-2019

    Total Time On Board: 11 years

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Treasurer, Chairman - Finance Committee, Chairman - Long Range Planning Team

    Church Involvement: White Oak Church of the Brethren--Sunday School Teacher

    Family: Married to Jennifer and we have 5 children, 2 graduated from EMS, 2 in High School and 1 in Elementary.

    Life Verse: Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts And see if there by any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

    Reason for Serving on the Board: I believe in Christian education and the environment it creates to help support our beliefs, morals and standards that we strive to instill in or children as they grow and mature.

  • Corey Zimmerman
  • Corey Zimmerman

    School Board Term Dates: 2016-2019

    Total Time On Board: 2 years

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Chairman of the Roadside Cleanup Committee

    Church Involvement: Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship--Mission Board Chairman, Small Group Leader, Worship Leader, Sunday School Teacher

    Family: Married to Sheila and we have 6 children.

    Life Verse: Joshua 24:15b "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

    Reason for Serving on the Board: My own positive experience in Christian Education led me to send my own children to a Christian school.

  • Charles Fox
  • Charles Fox

    School Board Term Dates: 2016 -2019

    Total Time On Board: 2 years

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Board Secretary & Chairman of the PTF Committee

    Church Involvement: Oasis Mennonite Church; serve as Pastor

    Family: Married to Cindy and we have 5 children

    Life Verse: Psalm 103

    Reason for Serving on the Board: I feel it is important to be actively involved in my children's lives and I find it rewarding to be able to influence things they are involved with.

  • Scott Nolt
  • Scott Nolt

    School Board Term Dates: 2017-2020

    Total Time On Board: 1 year

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Chairman of the Banquet Committee

    Church Involvement: Lincoln Mennonite Church

    Community Involvement: Keystone Camps

    Family: My wife Marge and I have 4 children

    Life Verse: 2 Timothy 1:6 "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands."

    Reason for Serving on the Board: My belief in Christian education is that it provides children with the knowledge to succeed in life.

  • Jay Weaver
  • Jay Weaver

    School Board Term Dates: 2018-2021

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Chairman of the Transportation Committee

    Church Involvement: Word Of Life Mennonite Fellowship, Youth Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Secretary, Youth Leader

    Community Involvement: Volunteer for 10 days twice a year at an orphanage in Haiti

    Family: Married to Barb and we have 3 children.

    Life Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."

    Reason for Serving on the Board: I have a deep passion for Christian education and want my children taught with a sound Christian Doctrine.

  • Josh Martin
  • Josh Martin

    School Board Term Dates: 2018-2021

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Chairman of the Auction Committee

    Church Involvement: Word Of Life Mennonite Fellowship, Sunday School Superintendent

    Family: My wife Kelly and I have 4 children.

Pastoral Advisors

  • Jay Martin
  • Jay Martin

    School Board Term Dates: 2015-2016, 2017-2018

    Total Time On Board: 3 years

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Pastoral Advisor, Long-term Planning Committee

    Church Involvement: Word of Life Mennonite Fellowship; serve as deacon and as a youth advisor to our church youth group.

    Family: Married to Marilyn and we have 5 children.

    Life Verse: Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

    Reason for Serving on the Board: I believe in the benefits of Christian education and that parents should be involved in their children's life and education.

  • John Rutt
  • John Rutt

    School Board Term Dates: 2016-2019

    Total Time On Board: 13 years

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Pastoral Advisor

    Church Involvement: Parkview Mennonite Church--serve as Pastor and Small Group Leader

    Family: Married to Andrea and we have 4 children.

    Life Verse: Romans 5:8 "but God shows his love us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

    Reason for Serving on the Board: I believe in Christian education. Children learn best when school, church & lifestyle all speak the same truth. When the wisdom of God is the foundation, academic education takes on new meaning.

  • Phil Groff
  • Phil Groff

    School Board Term Dates: 2017-2020

    Total Time On Board: 13 years

    Board Committee Responsibilities: Pastoral Advisor

    Church Involvement: Cambridge Mennonite Church--serve as Pastor

    Family: Married to Sharon and we have been blessed with 4 children. As a family we enjoy camping and going to the mountains. We also spend a lot of summer evenings in the back yard around our fire ring.

    Life Verse: Psalm 71:17-18 "O God, from my youth, you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come."

    Reason for Serving on the Board: My parents provided me with the opportunity to attend Christian schools in my elementary and high school years. I was able to form good relationships with classmates that encouraged my walk with the Lord. I also enjoyed singing and was given the opportunity to lead in worship as part of a singing group. All of these things were beneficial in helping me to follow the call that God has placed on my life.

Ephrata Mennonite School partners with parents and churches to challenge students to become Citizens of the Kingdom of God, who are Lifelong Learners and Team Players, through Diligent Work and Academic Excellence.