VMMissions board 2018-2019

Lauren Francisco

Lauren Francisco

Term ends: 2022
District: Calvary

 
Serving since: 2018
Home: Chesapeake, VA
Work: Director of Outreach and Communications
Church: Calvary Community Church (C3)

Reason for serving: “I have a passion for ever-evolving mission work with long-term, measurable outcomes.”

Other Interests: Staying ahead of the innovation curve in regards to outreach and media strategies. Creativity comes from the Creator.

Paul Yoder

Paul Yoder

Term ends: 2022
District: Central

Vice Chair (2022)
 
Serving since: 2018
Home: Harrisonburg, VA
Work: Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Eastern Mennonite University
Church: Mt. Clinton Mennonite Church

Reason for serving: “I have been a long-time VMMissions supporter with interest in contributing in new ways, and I am family friends with multiple international workers.”

Other Interests: Supporting the immigrant community

Lavonne Lehman

Lavonne Lehman

Term ends: 2022
District: Eastern

Chair (2022)
 
Serving since: 2014
Home: Toano, VA
Work: Pastor’s wife
Church: Williamsburg Mennonite Church

Reason for serving: “I worked for VMMissions for many years, and still support VMMissions’ mission to tell others about Jesus. I am honored to be able to still participate on board.”

Other interests: Meeting one-on-one with women

Rebecca Roberts

Becky Roberts

Term ends: 2023
District: Harrisonburg

 
Serving since: 2019
Home: Harrisonburg, VA
Work: Teacher
Church: Harrisonburg Mennonite Church

Reason for serving: “I deeply value the richness of a global community of faith. My family has had ties to missions for generations, and I felt in my spirit that it is time to become more involved.”

Other Interests: Diversity – recognizing and celebrating differences without creating an “us” and “them” mentality

David Gingerich

David Gingerich

Term ends: 2024
District: Northern

 
Serving since: 2020
Home: Harrisonburg, VA
Work: Associate Pastor
Church: Grace Mennonite Fellowship

Reason for serving: “VMMissions represents an institution of the conference that I fully support and want to collaborate with. I was honored to be asked by my district, and want to be faithful to serving in this way.”

Other Interests: The mutual exchange of gifts that mission provides the global church in the form of sharing resources, insights and accountability

Johnny Hsu

Johnny Hsu

Term ends: 2025
District: Potomac

 
Serving since: 2021
Term ends: 2025
Home: Fairfax, VA
Work: Dentist
Church: Daniels Run Peace Church

Reason for serving: “I would like to learn more about the ‘nuts & bolts’, decision making, administrative, planning, and executions of the Board.”

Other Interests: Medical/Gospel overseas missionary, including two time medical/gospel missionary trips to Haiti. Would love to go to Africa, South America or Asia for short term missionary trip some day

Elizabeth (Liz) Driver

Elizabeth (Liz) Driver

Term ends: 2022
District: Potomac

 
Serving since: 2017
Home: Cheverly, MD
Work: Director of an English language institute
Church: Washington Community Fellowship

Reason for serving: “Having served abroad for three years myself, though not with VMMissions, I would like to assist in any way possible with developing and improving VMMissions’ programs.”

Other Interests: Orphans, refugees, education, international relations

Clair Good

Clair Good

Term ends: 2024
District: Southern

 
Serving since: 2020
Home: Dayton, VA
Work: Senior Pastor
Church: Waynesboro Mennonite Church

Reason for serving: “I was invited to serve on the board and have been an active cross cultural missionary and church planter.”

Other Interests: Missiology and developing people, a deep love for marginalized people

Christopher Conley

Christopher Conley

Term ends: 2024
District: Tennessee/Carolina/Kentucky

 
Serving since: 2016
Home: Candler, NC
Work: IT Security Manager
Church: Asheville Mennonite Church

Reason for serving: “I have admired VMMissions’ work and wanted to become more involved. Also, my wife and I have discussed the possibility of serving as missionaries later in retirement.”

Members at Large

Shelley Abline

Shelley Abline

Term ends: 2022
Member at Large

Treasurer (2022)
 
Serving since: 2018
Home: Burlington, NC
Work: Billing Manager
Church: Outlet 10:27 and City Gate Church

Reason for serving: “I served as a co-missionary with Eastern Mennonite Missions from 1997 until 2008 in Hong Kong and Egypt, so missions has a special place in my heart. I am grateful for the opportunity to be connected with the mission board in this way.”

Other interests: Exchange student program

Luz Contreras

Luz Contreras

Term ends: 2023
Member at Large

 
Serving since: 2021
Home: Harrisonburg, VA
Work: Medical Interpreter and COVID Specialist
Church: Manantial de Vida

Reason for serving: “I’m passionate about missions. My ultimate goal is to be a medical missionary.”

Other interests: Children and youth ministries

Reuben Horst

Reuben Horst

Term ends: 2021
Member at Large

Secretary (2021)
 
Serving since: 2011
Home: Dayton, VA
Work: Retired Pastor, Chaplain at Sentara RMH
Church: New Beginnings Church

Reason for serving: “I see this as an avenue to answer God’s call on my life to mission.”

Other Interests: Reaching unchurched people, seeing people succeed in life, helping people cope with life’s disappointments

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Term ends: 2023
Member at Large

 
Serving since: 2021
Term ends: 2023
Home: Harrisonburg, VA
Work: Lead Pastor
Church: Divine Unity Community Church

Reason for serving: “I am deeply passionate about the mission of God advancing through both local and global missions. Specifically church planting and campus ministry in diverse settings.”

Other Interests: Preaching, mass motivation, teaching

Juan Carlos Malvaez

Juan Carlos Malvaez

Term ends: 2021
Member at Large

 
Serving since: 2019
Home: Harrisonburg, VA
Work: Pastor
Church: Manantial de Vida

Reason for serving: “I want to get involved in the development of multicultural church planting.”

Other Interests: Discipleship, church planting, teaching, leadership training, parenting

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