Story Author: Laura Lehman Amstutz

Seminary graduates head to diverse ministries, from Methodist pastorates to counseling

“This is a beginning disguised as an ending,” Jon Swartz told his classmates at Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s baccalaureate worship service. Swartz and 16 others received degrees and certificates on April 26, 2014. These graduates have big plans for ministry. Some expect to be pastors in the United Methodist Church. Some expect to be chaplains or … More

Two recordings of The Walking Roots Band aim at nurturing discipleship and the church

“The Walking Roots Band has always been about relationships,” says Seth Crissman, student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and member of The Walking Roots Band. “We started out as a group of friends who happened to make music together, and that’s pretty much how things are today, seven years later.” The Walking Roots Band, formed when … More

Dan Shenk-Evans: Falling backwards into God’s calling

Dan Shenk-Evans ’92 characterizes his career in technology as “falling backwards” into God’s calling. For years, every position he sought in direct social ministry eventually led him reluctantly to a computer, where he would quickly solve IT problems and streamline organizational workflow. “I wasn’t sure I would find meaningful work in computer science. I thought I … More

The Walking Roots Band gives old hymns new life

The Walking Roots Band, a Harrisonburg, Virginia-based band made up of primarily Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) graduates, is taking centuries-old hymn texts and putting them to music that is accessible and appealing to younger Christians. Their first album “Shelter: A Hymn Reclamation Project” was released in June 2013. “There are many really meaningful texts in … More

Formerly homeless and drug addicted, father of three completes graduate degree

In 2005 Nathaniel Daniel had lost everything. He was jobless, homeless, addicted to drugs, and involved in criminal activity. His wife had left him, taking their three children with her. This year he will graduate from Eastern Mennonite Seminary with a master of divinity degree. “We are never beyond God’s reach,” says Daniel. “We are … More

Brian Gumm connects MDiv and conflict transformation graduate studies

“I was raised in an Iowa farm town,” says Brian Gumm, 33. “The borders of my imaginative world were pretty tightly drawn. At EMU those borders exploded in a good way.” Gumm, who graduated this spring from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), chose the dual degree program with EMU’s seminary and Center for Justice and Peacebuilding … More

Horning brings devotion to seminary fundraising role

Les Horning has been a pastor, bus driver, chemist, house painter and doctoral student of Hebrew. Now he is a full-time advocate for Eastern Mennonite Seminary as associate director of development, church relations and admissions. He is also the father of an EMU undergrad. “When I was a student here in 1995, I knew I … More

George Brunk III: a seminary advocate for 37 years

When George R. Brunk III joined the Eastern Mennonite Seminary faculty in 1974, little did he imagine that three short years later he would be named dean. But, in 1977, he was appointed dean of EMS and held that position for 22 years, until 1999 “My title those first two years was acting dean,” said … More