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About MDS

At MDS, our goal is to restore hope for survivors of disasters. We do this by recruiting, organizing and empowering volunteers to repair and rebuild the homes of those impacted by disasters in Canada and the U.S.

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Our Vision

We strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those affected by disasters.

Our Mission

We respond to disasters, rebuild homes, and restore hope by organizing and empowering volunteers in the U.S. and Canada.

Who can serve with MDS?

We welcome all who share our values and who want to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by disasters. No construction experience or skill is required; just a willing heart and hands. Learn more about volunteering with MDS.

Our Core Values

Faith in Action

We believe in and practice a life of service and proclamation founded on the Bible and modeled after the life and teachings of Jesus Christ

Caring Relationships

We engage all disaster survivors, volunteers, and partners with mutual respect, humility and accountability

Working Together

We intentionally work with one another inside MDS and with partner organizations.

History of MDS

For generations of Mennonites and other Anabaptist groups, mutual aid has been an informal practice of expressing their faith in the day-to-day actions of caring for one another. Through spontaneous gestures of assistance, such as the well-known barn raising, the Anabaptists put their faith into action when fellow church members or neighbors faced calamity.

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The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Board of Directors and Board of Delegates is a diverse group of leaders that serve as strategic advisors and work closely with the Executive Director to hold MDS accountable to its vision and mission.

Board of Directors

  • Wayne Yoder*, Chair, Conservative Mennonite Conference
  • Aaron Groff*, Vice Chair, Lancaster Mennonite Conference
  • Niels Lichti*, Treasurer, Region 2 Director
  • Sally Unrau*, Secretary, Region 4 Director
  • Gerald Dyck, MDS Canada
  • Ronn Frantz, Region 2 Board Chair
  • Mannie Flaud, Old Order Amish
  • Fred Hershey, Region 2 Director
  • Tim Schrag, Region 3 Board Chair
  • Stanley Jantzi, Region 1 Board Chair
  • Michele WhiteEagle, Region 4 Board Chair
  • Phillip Bridgewater, Region 3 Director
  • Ivan Shirk, Groffdale Conference
  • Dave Brubacher, MDS Canada Board Chair
  • *Officers of the Board

Board of Delegates

  • Robert Brenneman, New Order Amish
  • Murray Bunnett, MDS Canada
  • Margarita Bloodworth, Member-at-Large
  • Becca Cordes, Mennonite Church USA
  • Wilmer Hoover, Weaverland Conference
  • Karen Shelly Smucker, Member-at-Large
  • Elizabeth Troyer-Miller, Member-at-Large
  • Paul Yoder, Beachy Amish
  • Sue Ewert, Member-at-Large
  • Don Rheinheimer, Member-at-Large
  • Mitch Kingsley, Member-at-Large
  • Scott Soden , The Brethren Church
  • David Zarate, U.S. Mennonite Brethren
  • Lana Tieszen, Member-at-Large
  • Dan Yoder, Member-at-Large