Who is on the Racial Healing Task Group (RHTG)?

Elaine Enns has been working in the field of restorative justice and conflict transformation since 1989 as mediator, consultant, educator and trainer.  She provides mediation and consultation services for individuals, churches, schools, community organizations, criminal justice agencies and businesses, and travels throughout North America teaching and conducting trainings.  She earned a Masters in Conflict Management and Peacemaking from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. Elaine often partners with her husband, Ched Myers, to teach on the Theology and Practices of Restorative Justice, and most recently co-authored with him a two volume project entitled Ambassadors of Reconciliation (Orbis Books, 2009).  Elaine is a member of Pasadena Mennonite Church and lives in Oak View , California.

Charlotte Hardt (concluded work with RHTG December 2011) is a member of the Executive Board and co-chair of the antiracism committee. Before retirement, she was registered nurse and the director of the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center at Washington State University, Spokane, Wash. Charlotte and her husband, Forrest, are full-time RVers. She is a member of Menno Mennonite Church near Ritzville, Washington and previously served as moderator of Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference.

John Kampen (concluded work with RHTG July 2011) is the professor of New Testament Studies at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He is the former academic dean in three different institutions, including Bluffton University and Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, an AME institution. At Bluffton he was a member of the Damascus Road Team. He is a member of the Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship. He serves on the church council and preaches on occasion.

Lloyd Miller is mutual aid minister and director of denominational relations for Mutual Aid eXchange (MAX). He has served on the Leadership Discernment Committee and is a former pastor, minister of youth and nurture for Indiana-Michigan Conference and conference minister for Central District Conference. He and his wife Joan live in Goshen, Ind. and have two adult children and four grandchildren. He is a member of Southside Fellowship, Elkhart, Ind. where he serves as chair of the mission and witness commission.

Samuel Voth Schrag is the pastor of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Board and its antiracism committee.  Samuel is a graduate of the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary where he received anti-racism training from Mennonite Central Committee’s Damascus Road project, and has received mediation training from the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.  Samuel is married to Rachel Voth Schrag, and received his undergraduate degree from Bethel College (Kansas).

Sharon Waltner is former moderator of Mennonite Church USA and is currently a member of the Executive Board. She farms with her husband, Keith, and works in leadership development training with Avera Education and Staffing Solutions. She has three adult children. Sharon is also moderator elect of Salem Mennonite Church in Freeman, SD.

Ruth Yoder Wenger is pastor of North Bronx Mennonite Church in New York City, and is moderator of the New York City Council of Mennonite Churches.  She also works for New York Disaster Interfaith Services as executive vice president and as training director for National Disaster Interfaiths Network.  Ruth and her husband share their three-story Bronx house with their young adult children. After 15 years at Seventh Avenue Mennonite Church in Harlem, they helped start North Bronx as a church plant.in 1986.  Ruth was appointed pastor in 1995, and licensed for specific ministry as lead pastor in September 2001, the first woman so credentialed by Lancaster Conference.

Steve Wiebe-Johnson is the Africa director for Mennonite Mission Network. Previously, his family served in Liberia, Ghana, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire. Steve has a high value for mutuality, broad participation in decision making, and sees leadership training as training change agents. He was ordained by the IN-MI conference in 1988. Steve and his wife, Dorothy, have two adult sons and are members of the Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind. He has studied at Bethel College, AMBS and Selly Oaks Colleges, Birmingham, England.

Staff:

Iris de Leon-Hartshorn (began work with RHTG September 2011) is Director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. Iris has worked with Damascus Road as a trainer and was director of peace and justice ministries for MCC from 1996 – 2007. From 2007 – 2009 she worked at Director of Intercultural Relations for Mennonite Church USA.

Glen Guyton (worked with RHTG 2010 – 2011) is Associate Executive Director for Constituent Resources for Mennonite Church USA. As part of this role he oversees the work of Intercultural Relations and is in consultation with the Intercultural Relations Reference Council. Glen and his family have recently relocated from Hampton, VA to San Antonio, TX and attend San Antonio Mennonite Church.

Joanna Shenk is Associate for Interchurch Relations and Communications for Mennonite Church USA. In the past year she has served on the Elkhart Offices Anti-Racism Team. In her local community Joanna is also involved in a race history project, looking specifically at how white Mennonites, for better or worse, have interacted with their racially diverse neighbors. She also is on the planning committee for a multi-ethnic community arts initiative in Elkhart, Cornbread and Jazz, which highlights the talent of local musicians and artists. Joanna is a member and elder at Fellowship of Hope Mennonite Church.

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