Delbert (& Elsie) Schrock
Dave (& Jackie) Slabaugh
Bill (& Mary) Helmuth
Lyle (& Cami) Bontrager
Brent (& Janel) Slabaugh
Gerald (& Fern) Raber
Marion (& Sue) Miller
Menno has a heart for people and loves to help others find freedom and healing in Christ. He has taken training at Caring for the Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, CO. In 1958 Menno married Mary Ellen (Kurtz). They have five children, nineteen grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Menno has been an ordained pastor since 1975, serving at Light in the Valley Chapel, Sugarcreek Ohio; Paradise Valley Mennonite Church, Phoenix, Arizona; Griner Mennonite Church, Middlebury, Indiana; and Milford Chapel in Milford, Indiana. They were transferred to Milford Chapel in March 1998 to pastor. He recently retired from the ministry at Milford Chapel. Menno's wife Mary also participates in the counseling sessions and we are privileged to see their kind and understanding hearts care about people here at Grace Haven.
First, I will share a little bit about my background and how God let me into this ministry. I was born & raised in Topeka, IN with 7 brothers and sisters. My parents were old order Amish. We lived on 125 acre farm prior to my father purchasing a harness shop business in which I worked for approx. 15 years. I married my wife Charlotte, and in '92 we moved to Millersburg, OH where I worked at Weaver Leather for what I thought would be beginning a new line of harnesses for the large company. Instead, I believe it was the Lord's way of exposing me to a place called "Freedom Hills." The new harness line didn't take off as expected, and my wife and I felt our hearts being gently drawn to this fairly new ministry located in Walhonding, OH. We committed to serving at this ministry if our house would sell. The day after we told our church where were attending that we would go, a young man knocked at our door early in the morning, not knowing what we had said to our church and asked if we were interested in selling! I say all that to just say how God led us in such wonderful ways to this ministry!
We were at Freedom Hill almost seven years. We thought we were going there to assist others who needed "help" but God instead took us through a cleaning process of our own hearts & minds, and then He could use us. I went thinking "I will never counsel, we're just going to be houseparents." God didn't push it on me but He gave my heart time to let it become my desire. It was a privilege to help lead others to freedom.
In 2000 we moved back to Indiana. For several years I managed a grocery store in Topeka. I enjoyed meeting people and the work, and wasn't looking for anything to do with counseling at the time, but I still got calls asking for help from people locally. Other pastors I talked to felt like we needed a "Freedom Hills" here in this area. So many pastors work bi-vocational jobs and can't take the time to help their people like they wanted to. After many meetings with other pastors "Grace Haven" became a reality.
Over the last 12 years I have furthered my training in Colorado Springs, CO with Caring for the Heart Ministries. I have been richly blessed with this material and praise the Lord for what he's doing here at Grace Haven through the power of his word and prayer.
My wife and I have 6 children, 2 married and 4 still at home. We homeschool and raise/train Labs as a side business from our home.
I recently stepped aside as the lead pastor at Townline Mennonite Church so I could solely focus on Grace Haven.
Beth has been serving as receptionist at Grace Haven since the spring of 2015. She cheerfully answers the phone and keeps the office running smoothly. Her job also includes designing our bimonthly Newsletters, and keeping the building clean. She lives in Sturgis, Michigan and attends Calvary Chapel.
Our Executive Board consists of seven men from local conservative Anabaptist churches, two pastors and five lay brothers. These men provide valuable direction and discernment of God's will in current decisions for the ministry. They are pictured below with their wives.
Christina meets with single ladies, helping them find answers to the questions in their hearts and leading them to Jesus, the One who heals damaged hearts. We are so blessed and excited to have Christina Miller on staff at Grace Haven. We love her sensitive spirit and caring heart.