Good for junior youth, good for parents

Asia Frye is the coordinator for junior youth convention in Orlando this summer. She’s a retreat speaker and former youth pastor from Hillsboro, Kansas. She looks forward to graduating from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary this May. Y’all, I am so pumped about convention. Orlando 2017 will be my fifth convention and my first time to […]

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Ten tips for surviving convention (from the eyes of a youth leader)

Renee Reimer is the director of Youth and Outreach Ministries at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas and a connect student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She loves the mountains, creating music, cooking delicious food, and intergenerational communities (and loves it even more when they all are happening at the same time). 1. Know […]

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Love is a Verb … is accessible!

Kathleen Nofziger Yeakey is executive director for Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN). She lives in Goshen, Indiana, with her husband and four teenage children, and is a member of North Goshen Mennonite Church. She was drawn to her position with ADN two years ago out of her personal experience with disability in the form of anxiety […]

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LG + LP = Disciples

Scott Roth wants to see everyone engaging God and their local community. He has lived in urban and rural settings and seen the suburban sprawl. Living in Red Hill, Pennsylvania, he and his wife, son, daughter and two basset hounds have been walking this faith journey by actively engaging their suburban community. Scott is currently […]

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Looking toward Orlando

Danilo lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. There he serves as a part-time youth pastor with two Mennonite churches and works part time with Mennonite Central Committee as the Summer Service National Coordinator. He studied at Eastern Mennonite Seminary (2013) and Eastern University (2010). Our Allentown crew is looking forward to […]

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Going deeper at convention

Clayton Gladish has served as one of the pastors of Hesston Mennonite Church for over three years. His passions include faith formation, biblical studies, and creating compassionate communities. He rarely turns down a good burger or the chance to play games with friends. He sometimes strives for perfection, but would rather have opportunities to learn […]

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Do we truly belong? Thoughts on diversity

John Tyson is associate pastor for faith formation at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas. To be honest, I was nervous about convention in 2015. I hadn’t attended an Mennonite Church USA convention since 2005, back when I was fresh off my senior year of high school. And this time I was the […]

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A convention memory

Diane Zaerr Brenneman is a teacher and pastor. She now works as a family navigator for the University of Iowa Hospital, supporting families whose children have special needs. She lives near Wellman, Iowa, where she farms with her husband Doug, and watches her young adult children, Brent and Maureen, take off on their own. She […]

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Step Up

Leah Wenger graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School last June and is currently a first year student at Eastern Mennonite University studying psychology and music. She loves singing in EMU’s choir, Emulate and enjoys spending time outdoors doing a variety of activities. Leah is an active member of Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where […]

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Convention holds a place in my heart

Samuel Voth Schrag has served as the pastor of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship since 2007. He has been involved in Mennonite institutions for his whole life. He served as youth pastor at Faith Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas, he is a graduate of AMBS and Bethel College, he grew up and was baptized at […]

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Creating a convention covenant

Mike Ford spends his days trying to love God and love people, starting with his wife Val and their four children. He enjoys being in God’s creation, going on adventures, good books and movies, and milk chocolate. One of the things I love about youth convention is that the youth have freedom — to choose […]

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