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EMS alum named first female pastor of local church

Soon, a picture of the Rev. Beth Jarrett’s smiling face will be added to the collection of portraits hanging at Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren, but it will be markedly different from the others. Jarrett, who started leading the congregation tucked adjacently to Westover Park in August, is the first female head pastor of the church. ...More

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EMU, Seminary alumnus named president of Virginia Mennonite Missions

Aaron M. Kauffman of Harrisonburg, Va., was chosen by Virginia Mennonite Missions’ (VMM) 15-member Board of Directors as their next president at the October 18-19 meeting. Kauffman has extensive local and international mission experience serving most recently as VMM global ministries director and advancement associate since 2011. A seven-member sear ...More

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Seminary alum named to Mennonite Church USA post

Rachel Springer Gerber, a 2005 Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) alum, was named as the new half-time denominational minister for youth and young adults by Mennonite Church USA. She begins this assignment Jan. 6, 2014, and will work from her home in Bloomington, Ind. In her new role, Gerber will provide resources for and facilitate connections be ...More

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EMU achieves record enrollment

Enrollment increased this fall by 8 percent over the previous fall at Eastern Mennonite University, counting all students enrolled in for-credit coursework. The numbers rose from 1,519 to 1,640, a record enrollment for this 96-year-old institution. In traditional undergraduate population, there was a 2 percent increase, from 912 to 929 students, based on head counts in early September 20 ...More

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Seminary alum ministers to soldiers in Afghanistan and other Army posts

John Jacobs Jr., the only chaplain in his U.S. Army battalion, stood on a blood-soaked plywood board as he conducted a worship service for soldiers at a tiny combat outpost in the mountains of Afghanistan. Many wounded soldiers had been brought to this spot for transport back to a base hospital. This lonely outpost was one of numerous stops for Jacobs ...More

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Distinguished Service Award: Ezra T. Peachey Devotes Life to Native Peoples in Remote Areas

Ezra T. Peachey ’54 (Seminary ’56) left his home in Belleville, Pa., in 1959 to drive 2½ days to remote northwestern Ontario. His initial mission, along with his wife Nannie and her sister and father, was to organize a two-week summer Bible school for native peoples in the small town of Red Lake at the end of a gravel road. ...More

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Greg Boyd’s Mega-Ministry Shows How ‘Anabaptism Makes Sense to People’

Eastern Mennonite Seminary student Brad Kolb got a fresh perspective on Mennonite culture by immersing himself in an urban megachurch led by well-known author and pastor Greg Boyd. For 12 days in the late spring, Kolb traded the pastoral setting of his 180-member, tan-brick, steeple-topped Virginia church for ...More

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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: ...More

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Formerly Homeless and Drug Addicted, Father of Three Completes Master’s 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 ...More

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Saner Named Seminary, Bible and Religion Professor

Andrea Saner will help Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) and undergraduate students find connections between the ancient texts of the Old Testament and our modern world and church life. The newest member of the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and seminary faculty, Saner has been named assistant professor of Old Testament and Hebrew language. ...More