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Teaching Career

  • Eastern Mennonite High School, 1988-2017
  • Taught Old Testament Survey course at Eastern Mennonite University, 1990-91
  • Shalom Christian Academy, Chambersburg, PA, 1986-1987
  • Lancaster Mennonite High School, Lancaster, PA, 1982-86
  • Edward Hand Jr. High, Lancaster, PA, 1981-1982

Instructional Classes

  • (AP) World History
  • World Cultures Africa; World Cultures East Asia; World Cultures Latin America
  • U.S. History
  • Economics
  • World Religions
  • Anabaptist Heritage(1989-2009)/Global Anabaptism (2010-2017)
  • Christian Heritage(1989-2009)/Global Christianity (2010-2017)
  • Kingdom Living

Education

  • 2011-2013 University of Pittsburgh, MLIS, Master of Library and Information Science
  • 1987-1989 Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, VA, Master of Divinity Senior Candidate
  • 1984-1986 Master of Science in Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1981 Bachelor of Arts, Bible and Religion, and Bachelor of Science, History and Social Science, Secondary Education, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA
  • 1974 Central Christian High School, Kidron, Ohio

Professional Interest/Involvements

  • American Library Association, 2011-2017
  • Society of American Archivists, 2012-2014
  • Academic Leadership Team at EMHS, 2010-2017
  • Curriculum Committee, EMHS, 1989-2010
  • Global Education Committee Chair, EMHS, 1992-2014
  • Chair, EMHS Bible Department , 1989-2017
  • Chair, EMHS Social Studies Department, 2006-2008 
  • Kennel-Charles Anabaptist Endowment Committee Chair, EMHS, 2000-2017
  • Virginia Society for Technology in Education, 1994-2017
  • Virginia Council for the Social Studies, 2004-2017
  • National Council for the Social Studies, 1998-2017
  • Mennonite Historical Society, member
  • Shenandoah Valley Mennonite Historians, Treasurer, 2010-2013
  • Shenandoah Mennonite Historian, Editor, 2014-2017
  • Discovery Learning Trips, EMHS
    • Lewis and Clark, 2003
    • American Southwest, 2005
    • American Northwest, 2011
  • Webmaster for www.mennonitearchivesofvirginia.net

Recognitions/Accomplishments/Publications

  • Recognized by Eastern Mennonite School Board of Directors for “leadership and committee work provided to the Eastern Mennonite School constituency in reshaping the school’s educational philosophy and mission,” December, 2011
  • Chair of joint Virginia Mennonite Conference and Shenandoah Mennonite Historians committee to write a new scholarly history book of Virginia Mennonites, 1720s-present, with author Dr. Steven Nolt of Goshen College, working 2010-2020
  • Wrote and published “The World is Our Mission,” in TheMennonite, September, 2012.
  • Selected for National Gallery of Art 2008 Summer Teacher's Institute, "Dutch Art in the Golden Age"
  • Co-recipient, Shenandoah Valley Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance's INNOVATION IN EDUCATION AWARD, "Lewis and Clark 2003: Retracing the Trail"
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Award recipient, "Martin Luther," Duke University, 1996, six weeks
  • Presenter, "Teaching World History in the Christian School Classroom," Mid-Atlantic Christian School Association, November 5-7, 2003, Lancaster, PA
  • U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Teacher's Recognition Award, 1998, Washington, DC, with reception on White House lawn by President Clinton
  • Leader of Bible Curriculum Workshop, Academia Menonite San Juan Puerto Rico, August 7-9, 2006
  • Selected for United States Institute of Peace Summer Institute for Secondary Teachers on "International Peace, Security and Conflict Management," Washington, DC, August 3-9, 1998
  • Virginia Mennonite Conference fraternal delegate to Jamaican Mennonite Conference Annual Assembly, Kingston, Jamaica, March 1997
  • AP World History Institute, George Mason University, summer 2005
  • Featured speaker at Jesse T. Byler lecture series at Eastern Mennonite University Homecoming, October 14, 2006.  Spoke about book Margaret's Print Shop.
  • Leader of Partners in Mission (PIM) short term missions team from Virginia Mennonite Conference to Nanchong, China,Sichuan Province,  summer of 2007
  • Teacher of Church History in School for Christian Living at Springdale Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, VA, January and February (6 sessions) 2009; wrote article in April 2009 Virginia Conference Connections, Vol. 19, No. 6, p. 3.
  • Wrote article on "Zion Mennonite Church," in Legacy Alive, a publication of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, Summer, 2009, pages 8-10.
  • Preached 63 sermons in various churches, 1985-2012
  • Eastern Mennonite School Faculty meeting taught two chapters from What We Believe Together, Alfred Neufeld, August, 2009
  • Taught 5 session class called Mennofaith 2025 at The Gathering Place, in Common Good Marketplace, fall, 2009.  Topics were reformation, migration, mission, peacemaking, and diversity.  Taught a similar Mennofaith 2025 class at Zion Mennonite Church fall of 2010.
  • "Butchering's a family tradition," Mennonite Weekly Review, March 1, 2010.
  • Wrote www.GAMEO.org entry for Zion Mennonite Church, April, 2010
  • Told Civil War stories at a luncheon in the Myers-Burkholder house at the Crossroads Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center, June 19, 2010
  • Attended AP World History four-day Institute at Montgomery College for teachers, Gaithersburg, MD, June 21-24, 2010
  • Editor of Shenandoah Mennonite Historian, 2014 - present
  • Taught three Wednesday evening sessions at Weavers Mennonite Church, January, 2011, on "The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith"
  • Wrote "A Vision Delayed: A Failed 19th Century Attempt to create a Mennonite General Conference," in Mennonite Historical Bulletin, April 2012
  • Blog at https://themennonite.org/, since 2016
  • Write Footprints from the Past article for Pathways, of the Virginia Mennonite Conference, since Spring 2015
  • Editor of Eastern Mennonite School Today publication, six times a year, since Fall 2015


  • Chair of the Zion Mennonite Church Congregational Leadership Team, 1993-1995, 2004-2008 (member 2003-2008, and 2010-2013)
  • Chairperson of the Northern District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference, 1996-2002 
  • Virginia Mennonite Conference delegate, representing Northern District, to the Philadelphia '93 and Orlando '97 Mennonite Church delegate sessions

  • Author, The Miller's Wife, Plowshares Publications, 2017
  • Author, How Firm a Foundation, a History of Weavers Mennonite Church, 1827-2015, 2015.
  • Author, The Black Tulip, Plowshares Publications, 2014.
  • Author, The Bishop's Letters: The Writings, Life, and Times of Virginia Mennonite Bishop Martin Burkholder, 1817-1860.  Shenandoah Valley Mennonite Historians, 2011.
  • Author, We're Marching to Zion, A History of Zion Mennonite Church, Broadway, Virginia, 1885-2010, Zion Mennonite Church, 2010.
  • Author, Margaret's Print Shop, Herald Press, 2005
  • Author, Life in the Kingdom, a student manual on peace and nonresistance from a Mennonite perspective, 1997
  • Author, Church and Mennonite History Resource notebook, 2004, prepared for the Mennonite Secondary Education Council 
  • Author, Zion Mennonite Church Building Project, a summary booklet overview of the Zion church building project, 2002-2008, Broadway, VA, 2008
  • Co-author, Through Fire and Water, Herald Press, 1996
  • Songs of Praise, a collection of contemporary praise songs, favorite hymns, choral music, and original arrangements, Zion Mennonite Church, 107 pages, 2004.
  • Published Heritage issue #54, a 16 page commemorative issue in honor of Elmer S. Yoder, June 11, 2010
  • Author, Education that Works, Coast to Coast & Discovery Trips with Myron E. Blosser, 1998-2011.  Published through www.blurb.com, 2011.

Personal

  • Family: married to Joy Yoder, father to Nathaniel and Margaret Yoder, Maria and Aaron Billings, and Philip Yoder
  • Member of Daphna Creek, a gospel bluegrass band in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, 2001-2009
  • Member of Zion Mennonite Church, Broadway, Virginia, since 1989
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