The Mennonite provides Anabaptist content and is a publication of Mennonite Church USA.

Our Purpose

The Mennonite, Inc., is a self-supporting churchwide program entity of Mennonite Church USA, which established three goals for the organization:
1. To provide a forum for the voices within the denomination
2. To promote the ministries of and to support identity-building for Mennonite Church USA
3. To offer an editorial voice distinct from but collaborative with other leadership voices.

The mission of The Mennonite, Inc., is to help readers glorify God, grow in faith and become agents of healing and hope in our world.

The Mennonite magazine is published on the first Tuesday of each month. The Mennonite, Inc., also publishes a weekly ezine, TMail, and a monthly Spanish ezine, Meno Acontecer.

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We operate out of offices located in Goshen, Indiana; Newton, Kansas; and Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the official positions of Mennonite Church USA, The Mennonite, or the board for The Mennonite, Inc. Scripture references are from the New Revised Standard Version unless otherwise noted.

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Our Staff
Sheldon C. Good

Good Sheldon C.Sheldon C. Good is executive director of The Mennonite, Inc. He grew up in Telford, Pennsylvania, attending Salford Mennonite Church, where he is a member. Sheldon graduated from Goshen (Indiana) College in 2009 and from Dock Mennonite Academy in 2005. Dock named him a Young Alum of the Year in 2013. Sheldon served as a Mennonite Church USA representative on the National Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania 2015 assembly of Mennonite World Conference.

Prior to The Mennonite, Sheldon and his spouse, Jennifer Svetlik, worked as program coordinators with Mennonite Central Committee in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Sheldon has also worked with Community of Hope, Eastern Mennonite University’s Washington Community Scholars’ Center, Mennonite World Review, Franconia Mennonite Conference, and Sojourners.

Sheldon enjoys running, traveling and gardening.

Gordon Houser

Editor Gordon Houser is the youngest of seven children in a family that includes two sets of twins (he’s one of the singles). He grew up in Emporia, Kan., eventually graduated from Wichita (Kan.) State University in 1976, then moved to Newton, Kan., where he joined a Mennonite congregation, New Creation Fellowship Church, at the time an intentional community.

He says he first encountered Mennonites when he met some while helping clean up after a tornado hit Emporia in 1974. But what moved him in the direction of becoming a Mennonite was reading John Howard Yoder’s The Politics of Jesus.

He began working for The Mennonite, the magazine of the General Conference Mennonite Church, in 1978 as an editorial assistant. He became assistant editor in 1984, then editor in 1992, the position he held when the magazine merged in 1998 with Gospel Herald to form the current The Mennonite.

Gordon likes to go on long walks. He’d as soon read as eat and enjoys a variety of literature, from theology and history to classic and contemporary fiction. He also writes fiction. In 2011, Cascadia published his book Present Tense: A Mennonite Spirituality.

He is married to Jeanne, who grew up in a German Catholic community in western Kansas. They have two children: Ethan, born in 1983, and Abri, born in 1987. Ethan and Rachael, who live in St. Charles, Mo., have a daughter, Ellery, born April 5, 2015. Abri and Justin Hochstetler live in Indianapolis and have a son, Calvin, born Feb. 1, 2017, and twin daughters, Elise and Kara, born March 22, 2019.

Rebecca Helmuth

Rebecca (Whitmer) Helmuth grew up in Plain City, Ohio, (Go, Buckeyes!) as the oldest of three daughters. She has worked at The Mennonite since 2005, coordinating magazine circulation and advertising.

She moved to Goshen, Indiana in 1990 to pursue a degree in English and Communication. She married fellow Goshen College student and Goshen native, Todd Helmuth, in the summer of 1993 and graduated from GC in 1994. Rebecca and Todd are members of North Goshen Mennonite Church where Todd leads music and they both serve as Mennonite Youth Fellowship sponsors. They live on five acres in New Paris, Ind.

Rebecca and Todd have two adult children—Joshua and Jordan, and a high schooler, Emma. Rebecca is in her second year at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, working toward an MDiv in Christian Faith Formation.

She and her family enjoy traveling and have spent significant time in Germany, France, and Thailand. Rebecca and Todd lived in Thailand for a month while adopting their youngest daughter Emma in 2006 and later served as Youth Venture leaders in Switzerland and France in 2012. Rebecca also enjoys gardening, reading, and camping as time allows!

The Mennonite, Board of Directors

Policies and procedures for The Mennonite magazine, electronic magazines TMail and Meno Acontecer, all social media and this website are established by the board of directors for The Mennonite, Inc.

Board Executive Committee:
Melody Pannell
(Board Chair)
Dayton, Virginia
Hans Houshower
Bluffton, Ohio
Sheri Wenger
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Steven Edwards
Goshen, Indiana
Additional Board Members:
Sarah Burkhalter
Seattle, Washington
Barth Hague
Newton, Kansas
Jason Moyer
Canton, Ohio
Duane Stoltzfus
Goshen, Indiana
History of The Mennonite

The current The Mennonite began publication on February 17, 1998, as a merger of Gospel Herald (1908 – 1998) of the Mennonite church and the former The Mennonite (1885 – 1998) of the General Conference Mennonite Church.

Delegates of both groups approved this merger in 1997 as a first step in the integration of the two denominations to become Mennonite Church USA.

The founding editor was J. Lorne Peachey, Scottdale, Pa., formerly editor of Gospel Herald. Joining him as associate editors were: Gordon Houser, associate editor for features, and Rich Preheim, associate editor for news. Houser was the editor of the former The Mennonite, the official publication of the General Conference Mennonite Church. Other staff members for the first issues were Marla Cole, marketing; Melanie Mueller, advertising and copyediting; and Dotty Anderson, secretary. Judith Rempel Smucker designed the publication and served as the design consultant for the first two years. Merrill Miller became The Mennonite‘s designer in 2000 and was key in the major design revision that was launched in early 2002 to coincide with the official beginning of Mennonite Church USA.

Everett J. Thomas, Goshen, Ind., was editor from November 2000 to January 2014. Anna Groff was named interim editor and then executive director in February 2014. Hannah Heinzekehr was executive director from October 2015 to January 2018. Sheldon C. Good is the current executive director of The Mennonite, Inc.

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