MENNONITE EDUCATION AGENCY – Elaine A. Moyer, senior director of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) has announced her retirement, effective February 28, 2020.

"We celebrate this milestone with Elaine and thank her for nearly 45 years of dedicated service to Anabaptist-Mennonite education and especially for her decade of devotion to MEA," said Tom Stuckey, MEA interim executive director.

Moyer played an important role in supporting, connecting and amplifying the work of board members, administrators and faculty of MEA institutions. As senior director, she served as the agency liaison with Mennonite Schools Council, a network of 20 Mennonite schools from early education to grade 12.

Elaine Moyer"I have good memories of working with Elaine on many projects through the years," said Richard Thomas, MEA Board Chair. "She was a passionate advocate for Christ-centered Anabaptist education that brought people together across the divides in church and society."

Her many accomplishments included:

  • Creating a complementary accreditation process for schools rooted in Anabaptist faith values
  • Developing the Anabaptist Learning Institute, a graduate-level professional education program for teachers, pastors and other leaders
  • Working with Mennonite Schools Council to develop the Encounter Bible curriculum, a bilingual Anabaptist education program focused on building community through scripture, storytelling and practice.
  • Leading the biannual Mennonite Educators Conference

Prior to joining MEA, Moyer held the distinction of being the first female head of school at the former Christopher Dock Mennonite High School (now Dock Mennonite Academy) in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, for 20 years. The school experienced an enrollment increase of 23% under her leadership.

"I have always been grateful for the way Elaine has been an advocate for women in leadership within our Mennonite schools," said Conrad Swartzentruber, executive committee chair of Mennonite Schools Council and superintendent of Dock Mennonite Academy. "She has been a trailblazer, and we hope to carry her vision forward."

Moyer also served for seven years at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, as a department chair, assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation and director of women's athletics. She was inducted into the Bluffton College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

Moyer gained experience in public education, as a teacher and coach in Lima City Schools in Ohio. In addition, she provided counsel to numerous schools through accreditation processes, leadership and board searches and strategic planning.

Moyer's expertise, vision and leadership abilities will continue to impact Anabaptist education, as she pursues her ongoing work as coordinator of the Mennonite World Conference Global Anabaptist Primary and Secondary Education Network and as board chair for Lezha Academic Center in Albania, a Mennonite Schools Council-affiliated school.

"We look forward to working closely with Elaine in these roles and pray that she may be blessed as she seeks God's calling in this next chapter of her life," said Stuckey.

Joy Sutter, moderator, Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, said, "Elaine's passion for Anabaptist learning will leave a legacy for years to come, and we are all proud of the tangible and intangible achievements she has accomplished through her work."

Moyer holds a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Bluffton University, a master's degree in physical education from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, and has completed her doctoral coursework in education at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She also has studied at Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas and Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Moyer and her husband, Dave, reside in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, and are members of Salford Mennonite Church.

Mennonite Education Agency (MEA), headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, serves Anabaptist educational institutions by providing resources, programing and support to schools, administrators and teachers. As an agency of Mennonite Church USA, MEA ties church and school together in a complementary way to ensure students receive a quality Anabaptist Mennonite education.

Contributed by Mennonite Church USA/MEA Staff  –  2/17/2020