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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. Their oldest two children currently attend Elizabethtown Area High School and their younger two children are current MCDS students. 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.   

Ken Noll – Vice Chairperson 

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.

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.

Derek Sherwood

Derek is married to his wife, Ashley, and they have two children who both attend MCDS. He works as a medical sales representative for Lincare. Derek and his family attend Manheim BIC. He enjoys hunting and riding four-wheelers with his girls.

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.

Ben Yunginger

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.

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 who attends Pre-K at MCDS. They also have twin daughters named Ella and Hadley who will be attending here next school year as well.

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

Daryl Heistand – Pastoral Advisor


The mission of MCDS is to pursue academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment where students develop Biblical values and perspectives to prepare them for a lifetime relationship with Jesus Christ.






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