Linda Witmer

Linda Witmer

Office Phone: (717) 397-5190



Office Location: n/a

Office Hours: 10:00 - 6:00 Monday - Thursday

Assoc Prof/Admin. Director

EMU at Lancaster

Assoc Professor/Admin Director

ADCP Lancaster RN to BS

Associate Professor

EMU at Lancaster

Linda is the Administrative Director of the RN-BS Degree in Nursing program in Lancaster, PA. She teaches Community Health, Cultural Perspectives and Family Health. 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

    *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
    *11/17/11 & 11/24/11 Culture of Poverty, Ridgeview Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
    *6/12/11 & 6/22/12 Community assessment and community resources, Parish nurse course, Adventist WholeHealth Wellness Center

    • 6/11/11 & 5/19/12 Community assessment and community resources, Parish nurse course, EMU at Lancaster
    • 4/19/11 Cross cultural awareness & Maya Cosmo-vision St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
    • 4/1-3/11 Renewing the Identity and Vision of Parish Nursing Central PA Parish Nurses
    • 11/12/09, 11/11/11, 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
    • 9/16/08 & 6/12/11, Church Without Walls Congregational Ministries of Healing and Wholeness Seminar, EMU Lancaster, continuing education for parish nurses
    • 10/07, 10/08, 10/09, 10/30/11, 11/12 K’ekchi’ Mennonite Church: Mission and Peacemaking, guest speaker for Gateway Course, EMS at Lancaster, PA
    Other Presentations

    *10/04/12 Women as LeadersBridge of Hope Conference, facilitator of a panel and small group discussions

    • 10/30/09 Graduation speaker at Centro Educativo Menonita K’ekchi’, Chamelco, Guatemala
    • 10/3/09 Exploring a Theology of Bridge of Hope Brokenness Transformed: 2009 Affiliate Conference, Bridge of Hope, Coatesville, PA
    • 9/30/11 Guatemalan Indigenous Culture Fundraising banquet for Bezaleel Education Center, East Petersburg, PA
    Church, Community and Professional Service


    • 2003 – 2010 K’ekchi’ Weaving Coop. Hilos de Esperanza Threads of Hope.
    • 2006 – present: Fundameno & Centro Educativo Menonita K’ekchi’, San Pedro Carcha, A.V. Guatemala


    • Laurel Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
      05 – 11 – Outreach Committee (chair)
      09 – present – Worship Committee (chair.)
      10-11 – Safe Sanctuary (chair)

    Board Member

    • 2011 – present – Kairos School of Spiritual Formation, chair
    • 2007 – present – Kairos School of Spiritual Formation, vice chair
    • 2001 – present – Fundameno USA Board, president
    • 2010 – present – Central PA Parish Nurse Assoc., chair
    Honors, Awards and Grants


    • Two Federal Weed and Seed Anti-gang Grants for a Lancaster neighborhood mosaic project 07/08
    Certifications and Licenses

    RN license
    Certified Parish Nurse
    Certified Spiritual Director

    Professional Memberships

    American Public Health Association
    Mennonite Health Fellowship
    Christian Community Health Association

    Professional Conferences Attended

    *9/27/12 Wellness in the Church and Community, Central PA Parish Nurses, Harrisburg
    *8/30/12 Islamic and Jewish Cultures and Religions, EMU Lancaster
    *6/8/12-6/10/12 Freedom as God’s Beloved, Lancaster Parish Nurses
    *5/19/12 Bridge out of Poverty, The Factory Ministry
    5/16/12 Case Management, EMU at Lancaster

    • 5/8/12 Evidence Based Practice, EMU at Lancaster
    • 4/17/12 Stroke and Wellness, EMU at Lancaster
    • 2/21/12 My New Weigh of Life & Strong Woman Heart Health, EMU at Lancaster
    • 1/18/12 Grief & Loss, EMU at Lancaster
    • 10/29-11/2/11 _Health Communities Promote Health Minds & Bodies, APHA, Washington, DC.
    • 9/29/11 Parish Nursing: Looking to the Future by Verna Carson, CPPN, Lancaster
    • 5/9/11 Conflict in the Workplace EMU at Lancaster
    • 4/4/11 Death & Dying: Care of Patients and Families EMU at Lancaster
    • 3/3/11 The Future of Nursing EMU at Lancaster
    • 3/10/11-3/13/11 Mennonite Health Assembly San Antonio, TX
    • 3/19/10 Holistic Health for the Patient and Nurse EMU at Lancaster
    • 3/16/11 Life’s Transitions in Aging EMU at Lancaster