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About the school board

Manheim Christian Day School is a parent-governed organization. Historically, the school was tied very closely with the churches in the Manheim Mennonite District. The Board of Trustees consists of 10 members and meets monthly to give oversight and establish policies for the school. The bylaws of the school stipulates that 6 members must be represented from Anabaptist churches (Brethren in Christ, Church of Brethren & Mennonite). In addition to the Board members, three pastors from the area serve on the Board in an advisory role. The Pastoral Committee nominates board members with affirmation from the patron body. The Board members serve two-year terms with opportunity for re-appointment.

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Greg Shenk – Chairperson 

Greg has been married to his wonderful wife, Emily, for 21 years. They have four children, all of whom have attended MCDS. Two of their children currently attend Elizabethtown Area High School and their youngest child is a current MCDS student. Greg is employed by E.E. Shenk Sons Inc. as a mechanic and part owner. He attends Chiques Church where he currently serves as a deacon. He enjoys fixing & creating things, serving others, and participating in team sports. Greg is honored to be a part of MCDS as a board member and looks forward to see what God has in store for MCDS.   


Ben Yunginger – Vice Chairperson 

Ben has been married to his wife, Sarah, for almost 11 years. They have two sons who attend MCDS. Ben attended MCDS from grades 5-8. He works in operations for a commercial seed company. Ben attends Lebanon Bible Fellowship Church, where he is active in helping to maintain the church grounds, supporting missions, and various other roles. He enjoys farming, antiques, hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping with his family.

Monica Gehman – Secretary

Monica and her husband, Greg, have been married for 14 years. They have four children, all of whom currently attend MCDS. She has been a full-time homemaker and recently started to work part-time at her husband's business, G&G Feed & Supply, in Manheim. Monica attends Crossway Church in Millersville, where she serves on several teams, including women‘s ministry, greeting, and children’s ministry teams. Greg and Monica also serve as Care Group Leaders for their church. She enjoys being creative and working with her hands and using the gifts the Lord has given her to serve Him and others.

Ron Miller – Treasurer

Ron is married to Lavonne and they have 4 children, all of which have attended MCDS. Two of their children are current MCDS students. He is part owner of Miller’s Greenhouses, Inc. Ron attends Calvary Church and enjoys hunting, fishing, sports, gardening/horticulture, and politics.

Kate Eichelberger

Kate and her husband, John, have one married son and two granddaughters. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (K-6), Early Childhood Education (PreK-3), and Special Education (K-12) from the former Millersville State College. She completed additional graduate work in Educational Administration at Penn State and in Counseling at Eastern Mennonite University-Lancaster and Wilkes University. Following her retirement from teaching in the Manheim Central School District, she worked in various capacities at MCDS from 2010 – 2017. She is an active member of Zion Lutheran Church where she is active in several choirs, the Christian education committee, VBS, church council, and the Preschool Board. Kate enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her husband at their camp in Perry County.

Ken Noll

Ken and his wife, Kathi, have been married for 23 years and have been blessed with five children - four are alumni of MCDS and his youngest is currently a middle school student at MCDS. After high school, he received an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology through the Ford ASSET Program at Reading Area Community College. He went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from Lancaster Bible College. He has worked as an automotive technician at various Ford dealerships for many years and is currently utilizing his automotive and mechanical skills as the Shop Foreman at Moser Roofing Solutions in Lancaster. Ken and his family are members at Lake View Bible Church in Manheim where he serves in youth ministries, audio/sound board and overseeing lawn care. Outside of work and church, he and his sons are involved with Trail Life Troop 0316, a Christ-centered mentoring program for boys and their dads.

Garrett Derr

Garrett is an instructional technology coach in the School District of Lancaster and serves over 10,000 students across Lancaster City. This has quickly become his own "mission field" where he can make a difference in student lives and leave a lasting impression. He and his wife, Hannah, are parents to Ava, Hadley, and Ella, who all attend MCDS.

Katie Buckwalter

Katie and her husband, Jordan, have faithfully been together since 1999. They have four children, all of whom have been positively impacted by MCDS. She graduated with her degree in Pharmacy and works for several companies part time. Their family is actively involved at LCBC Church. Katie is an advocate for mission work and adoption. She loves to travel and serve others with the resources and talents God has blessed her with. 

Seth Kensinger

Seth and his wife, Diane, have two daughters and three grandsons. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lehigh University and worked in industry. Seth returned to his alma mater, Manheim Central, to teach chemistry for 23 years. After earning a doctorate in educational leadership from Widener University, he became an administrator at Manheim Central in both elementary and middle school levels. He returned to the classroom five years ago to teach agriculture science. Seth and Diane are actively involved with the children’s ministries at LCBC Lebanon campus. Serving on the MCDS board is a great opportunity to serve God and our community in a Christian education environment.


Sue Wenger

Sue received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (K-6) from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in Education degree from Eastern Mennonite University. She also has a Reading Specialist certificate (K-12). She taught second and then first grade at Penn Manor for 8 years and then used her teaching skills while volunteering with the reading specialist at MCDS and while serving in the elementary and middle/high school departments at Calvary Church, where she is a member. Sue actively serves as an organizational leader and project leader in the Mount Joy 4-H community club. Sue enjoys traveling, skiing, teaching, decorating, and party planning. Sue and John have been married for 26 years and have three children who have all attended MCDS. Kelton is currently in 8th grade at MCDS and her older children currently attend college at MIT and Baylor University. MCDS has been a blessing to Susan’s family and she is honored to serve as a board member.

Andrew Miller – Pastoral Advisor

Andrew has served as a Pastoral Advisor for MCDS for about 40 years. Andrew is married to Naomi. Their 5 children: Lamar, Twila, Donna, Julia and Karen all graduated from MCDS. They have 15 grandchildren. The Millers’ daughter, Julia Nolt, is the 1st grade teacher at MCDS. Andrew served as Assistant Pastor at Erisman Mennonite Church for 40 years and is now retired.

Jay Peters – Pastoral Advisor

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of MCDS is Manheim Christian Day School is to provide a Christ-centered environment where students develop Biblical principles while receiving a quality education.

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