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Linda Witmer

DEPARTMENT: Lancaster RN to BS

POSITION: Director, Associate Professor

DEPARTMENT: Harrisonburg RN to BS

POSITION: Director, RN to BS in Nursing

DEPARTMENT: EMU at Lancaster

POSITION: Director RN to BS in Nursing

PHONE: (717) 397-5190


Linda is the Administrative Director of the Nursing program in Lancaster, PA. She teaches Community Health, Cultural Perspectives, Family Health, and Global Trends in Health in the RN-BS in Nursing program. Linda has 23 years of international experience, serving under both Mennonite Central Committee and Eastern Mennonite Mission with the K’ekchi’ Maya in Guatemala. She did leadership training and was the program coordinator for the health, development, and church programs. In 1996 Linda worked alongside the K’ekchi’ to initiate the Bezaleel Education Center for K’ekchi’ youth and a land project for landless K’ekchi’. Her work as a community health nurse in Coatesville, PA led to the initiation of Bridge of Hope, a program for homeless women and children. At Goshen College she taught Community Health, Transcultural Nursing, Health Care for the Poor and served as adjunct professor located in Guatemala offering an annual 3-week course on “Doing Theology in Latin America.”


Certified Spiritual Director, 2009
Certified Parish Nurse, 2007
M.Div. Lancaster Theological Seminary, 2007
MSPH Maternal & Child Health, UNC in Chapel Hill, 1982
MPH Public Health Nursing, UNC in Chapel Hill, 1981
BSN Eastern Mennonite University, 1973


  • Nisley, J. (2005). Li K’anjel chi rix li Kawilal, Health Manual. eds. Linda Witmer and John Emrich. Guatemala: Organizacion de Promotores y Comadronas Maya Peten.
  • Witmer, L. & Meyer, C. (2000). Li K’en li Nac’anjelac re Xbanbal li Yajel, Medicinal Plants of Alta Verapaz. Guatemala: Fundameno.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • 4/12/14_Health Ministries: Basic Elements and Outreach_, Chester County Faith Community Nurses, Downingtown United Methodist Church
  • 9/20/13_Health Ministries Within Changing Healthcare_, St, Mary Roman Catholic Church, Hamburg PA: Panelist, Central Penn Parish Nursing Annual Conference
  • 11/23/12_History of the K’ekchi’ Mennonite Church – 40th anniversary_, Chamelco, AV, Guatemala
  • 9/27/12_Wellness in the Neighborhood_Wellness in the Church and the Community, Central Penn Parish Nurse Conference.
  • 4/23/12 Culture of Poverty, EMU at Lancaster, continuing education for nurses
  • 2/22/12 Global Health, guest speaker, EMU at Lancaster
  • 5/30/14, 6/22/13, 6/21/14, 5/8/13,Community assessment, family assessment and community resources, Faith Community Nurse certificate program, Adventist WholeHealth Wellness Center and EMU Lancaster
  • 5/18/13, 6/5/12_How my international public health experience affects my public health practice in the U.S._Goshen College Master’s of Nursing, Goshen, IN