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

Our Purpose / Mission

The Mennonite is the publication of Mennonite Church USA, which established three purposes for the publication:
1. To provide a forum for the voices within the denomination
2. To promote the ministries of Mennonite Church USA
3. To offer an editorial voice distinct from but collaborative with other leadership voices.

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

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

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We operate out of three offices located in Goshen, Indiana.; Newton, Kansas.; and Tucson, Arizona.

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.

Our Staff
Hannah Heinzekehr

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Gordon Houser

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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.

Before his knee said, No more! Gordon used to jog. Now he walks and occasionally rides his bike. 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.

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. Peter’s, Mo., have a daughter, Ellery, born April 5, 2015. Abri and Justin Hochstetler live in Indianapolis.


Rebecca Helmuth

Helmuth RebeccaRebecca (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 three children—Joshua, Jordan, and Emma. Josh is a student at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., and Jordan and Emma both attend Bethany Christian Schools—Jordan as a senior and Emma as a fourth-grader. Frequent trips to Harrisonburg now pepper Rebecca’s calendar, which is still full of her children’s concerts, games, youth group activities, and more.

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!


Celina Romero

Romero CelinaCelina Romero is originally from Aibonito, Puerto Rico. She began working for The Mennonite in December 2006. For the last seven years she has served as bookkeeper at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, in rural Goshen, Ind.

Celina graduated from University of Puerto Rico in 1982 with a degree in accounting. She previously served as the business manager at Academia Menonita and treasurer of the Puerto Rico Mennonite Conference. For six years she also served as treasurer of the board for the Goshen Ten Thousand Villages store.

Celina and her husband, Carlos, and children Elise and Cristian attend Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. Her daughter, Elise, is an avid volleyball player and enjoys gymnastics. Her son Cristian enjoys baseball, basketball and soccer. As a family they served a short-term mission assignment in Burgos, Spain and opened the first Goshen College Study-Service Trimester unit in Cuba.


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.

Current members:
Barth Hague
(board chair)
Newton, KS
Sheri Wenger
Lancaster, PA
Steve Edwards
Goshen, IN
Board Members:
Sarah K. Burkhalter
Seattle, WA
Steve Edwards
Goshen, IN
Jason Moyer
Iowa City, IA
Hans Houshower
Bluffton, OH
Duane Stoltzfus
Goshen, IN
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 editor for features was Gordon Houser, editor of the former The Mennonite. Other staff members for the first issues were Rich Preheim, news; 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., became editor in November 2000. He ended his term in January 2014. Anna Groff was named interim editor in February 2014. Hannah Heinzekehr is the current executive director.

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