Our Leadership & Staff

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Jeff Linthicum
Senior Pastor

“I’m Jeff Linthicum, the Senior Pastor here at First Mennonite Church. My wife Megan and our two boys Nate and Josh have been led by the Lord to return to our home community after serving Him in other locations in the States as well as abroad. This congregation is very dear to us. This is Megan’s home church and it has supported us in missions. It’s a privilege to be on staff and to be part of what God is doing here. If you’re curious about our church, we welcome you to visit us! Here at First Mennonite, we’re all on a journey to become more like Christ with our words and with our actions. We haven’t perfected it yet, but perhaps you haven’t either and would like to join us as we seek to grow spiritually together.”


Jim Schwartz
Care and Visitation Pastor

"I’m Jim, Pastor of Care and Visitation here at First Mennonite. I was born and raised here in Berne, and I have spent most of my life here also. I’ve been in ministry since 1979 and have served most of those years in youth ministry here in Berne. I’ve also served 6 years in Haiti as a missionary. Mary Carol and I have been married 42 years and have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. I became a follower of Jesus here at First Mennonite when I was a child attending the Union Meetings. Transitioning from ministry to students to an older group has been exciting and very rewarding. It’s amazing to hear what God has done in the lives of our senior adults as well as see what he is still doing for each one."


Brent Hyman
Director of Music & Worship Ministries

“I can’t believe I get paid for this! Every day I am privileged to combine two of my favorite things, Jesus and music. I love to worship, facilitate worship, teach others to worship and watch volunteers give gladly of their time for worship at First Mennonite. One of the other great things about this calling is the variety of types and styles of music I get to work with. From choirs and handbells, to band instruments and praise band, we have lots of opportunities to worship God in music. I can’t think of a better way to spend my days! Aside from my position at church I am also husband to Chris and ‘Daddy’ to Camden, Conner and Cole.”


Bill Helmlinger
Youth Pastor

"My name is Bill Helmlinger. I serve as the Youth Pastor at First Mennonite Church here in Berne, Indiana. My wife Jennifer and I love the Lord and serving Him with everything that we are. We are very excited to be serving here and are excited for what God has in store for the youth here at First Mennonite Church. Our daughter Naarah absolutely loves being here and running up and down the church ramp and spending time in the toddler room. We love supporting the youth in all the activities they may be apart of in school with sports, band, and choir as well as other stuff they be involved in. I am a really big Michigan Wolverines and Cincinnati Reds fan, and I love to collect and play video games, especially vintage games."


Chris Hyman
Children's Ministry Director

"My name is Chris, one of two Children’s Ministry Directors at First Mennonite. Brent and I both grew up in Kokomo, IN and graduated from Ball State University with music degrees. First Mennonite has been our church family for about 17 years. We began attending here soon after we got married. We both taught music at South Adams. Then, God blessed us with three boys and I was able to stay home. Now that they are all in school, a part time, flexible job is just perfect for our family. I feel blessed to “do life” with the people of First Mennonite and humbled to be part of the staff."



Debby Neuenschwander
Children's Ministry Director

“Hi. I’m Debby, and I joined the staff in 2016. I am blessed to work alongside Chris in the children’s ministry. My husband and I have attended First Mennonite since 2010, and I have 3 adult stepchildren. Our church family is truly fortunate to have an abundance of children who are excited to learn about Jesus. The Children’s Ministry is hopefully providing them with a solid foundation to a lifelong relationship with the Lord. Some previous experiences I bring to my role here include serving overseas in missions, teaching German at South Adams, and loving on my 8 grandkids. It is a pleasure to get to serve the Lord and continue to grow in Him with these people.”


Renee Liechty - Administrative Secretary

Judy Moser - Bookkeeper/Secretary

Steve Sommer - Custodian



The ministry leadership of First Mennonite Church is divided into four major groups. Each group, or commission, is responsible for a different area of ministry in our church. To promote proper communication and encouragement for these leaders, First Mennonite maintains a Ministries Council, Spiritual Guidance Cabinent and Gifts Discernment Committee. Below you’ll find the names of the leaders in each commission as well as ministry opportunities in each of the four ministry areas. Feel free to contact our leadership with questions or inquiries about involvement or ideas.

Ministries Council

This group of members is responsible for overseeing ongoing ministries at First Mennonite Church. The council contains members already involved in leadership in each of the ministry areas and is led by the senior pastor, a moderator, a secretary, and a treasurer.

Pastor Jeff Linthicum
Steve Lehman- Moderator
Greg Meyer- Church Treasurer
Sharon Neuenschwander- Clerk
Jane Nussbaum
Dave Shuey
Damara Neuenschwander
Mike Habegger
Alan Habegger
Fred Linn
Barb Dawson
Bob Garringer
Becky Bryan
Mike Liechty

Spiritual Guidance Cabinet

These members oversee the spiritual climate of our congregation:

Darin Ringger - Chair
Neal Reusser
Phil Wulliman
Milly Fox
Paul Norr

Gifts Discernment Committee

These members help others in the church determine their God-given gifts and abilities and encourage members to use those gifts in specific ministries of the church.

Tom Fox - Chair
Carol Garringer
Teri Liechty
Lora Flueckiger
Mary Sommer
Hazel Lautzenheiser
Judy Moser
Ernie Steiner
Jack Shoaf

Worship Commission

Gwen Habegger - Chair
Lana Schwartz
Dave Knuth
Damara Neuenschwander
Ted Beitler
Alan Habegger
Brent Hyman

Worship Ministries

Chancel Choir
Ernie Steiner - President
Brent Hyman- Director

Adult Handbell Choir
Gwen Habegger- Director

Choral Society
Ernie Steiner- President

Children's Choirs
Brent Hyman, Chris Hyman, Bertie Lehman - Directors

Technology Team
Alan Habegger and Dean Lehman- Co-Chairs

Flower Committee
Dave and Sue Wulliman- Chairs

Ushering Committee
Jamie Cressman- Chair

Jennifer Lehman and Jamie Cressman- Schedule Coordinators

Care Commission

Sue (Dave) Wulliman - Chair
Nicki Lehman
Mike Liechty
Barb Dawson
Lois Lehman
Rod Mosser

Care Ministries

Prayer Ministry
Doris Liechty, Catherine Richards - Coordinators

Sunshine Hour
Jerry and Bonnie Flueckiger- Coordinators

Senior Adult Ministries
Jerry and Bonnie Flueckiger, Doyle & Anna Lehman- Coordinators

Visitation Ministry
Jerry and Bonnie Flueckiger- Coordinators

Et Cetera Ecke
Diane Schrock- Director

Kitchen Committee
Sara and Greg Meyer- Chairman

Funeral Meal Committee
Sondra Lehman, Gretta Lehman, Bertha Neuenschwander, Lori Sprunger- Co-Chairs

Hospitality Committee
Judy Fox, Barb Dawson- Co-Chairs

Peace and Service Committee
Paul Lehman and Mike Liechty- Co-Chairs

Project Share
Rod and Sandy Lehman

Jim Eicher

Mennonite Disaster Service
Jim Buckingham, Jim Eicher, Phil Eicher

Linda Eicher- Advocate

Compassionate Ministries
Amy Tumbleson, Brian Crockett

Campbell Soup Labels
Roy & Karen Lehman

Quilting Committee
Evie Norr, Carol Neuenschwander, Alice Liechty, Janet Bixler, Jane Nussbaum, Elsie Wulliman, Neva Pharr, Elaine Liechty

Craft Committee
Nicki Lehman, Hazel Lautzenheiser, Sharon Ninde

Prayer Shawl Committee
Jeanne Stauffer, Bonnie Flueckiger, Nicki Lehman, Marie Nussbaum

Witness Commission

Fred Linn - Chair
Dr. Kent Lehman
Jessie O'Dell
Matt Wheeler
Becky Bryan
Jeanne Frank

Witness Ministries

Preschool Board
Chris Gilbert- Chair

Correspondent to Mennonite Weekly Review
Rick Sprunger

Editor of the Update
Jessica Lehman

Church Signs
Brent Hyman

Steve Lehman- Chair

Hebrews Coffee Ministry
Jennifer Reusser

Church Tours
Witness Commission

Prayer Room Committee
Darin & Kim Ringger - Chair

Disciple Commission

Jane Nussbaum - Chair
Dave Shuey
Orlyn Lehman
Michael Mosser
Randy Sprunger
Rick Gorrell

Discipleship Ministries

Children’s Ministry Committee
Chris Hyman - Director of Children’s Ministries

Adult’s Ministry Committee
Judy Moser - Chair

Nursery and Cradle Roll Committee
Alyssa Adams - Chair

Youth Ministry Committee

Library Committee
Sara Jo Sprunger- Chair

Historical Committee
Michael Mosser- Chair

Mennonite College Scholarship Committee
Joe Graber - Chair

Stewardship/Facilities Commission (Trustees)

Mike Habegger - Co-Chair
Bob Garringer - Co-Chair
Mitch Simon
Dave Fox
Dick McKean
Rick Neuenschwander


Finance Committee
Ernie Steiner, Dick McKean, Randy Sprunger, Greg Meyer, Charlie Habegger, Ted Lautzenheiser, Doug Bauman

Church Treasurers
Greg Meyer - Treasurer
Ted Lautzenheiser - Assistant Treasurer

Endowment Board of Trustees

Linda Eicher - Chair
Jeff (Sondra) Lehman
Sheree Barkley
Floyd Liechty
Ted Lautzenheiser
Ted Moser