Staff

MHF Staff

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship (MHF) staff persons serve the organization from offices in their homes. A contract with MHS (Mennonite Health Services) allows MHF to maintain essential administrative services in an office in Goshen, Indiana. 

Paul D. Leichty

Executive Director

pdl201512-200w Paul Leichty began his part-time work as Executive Director of MHF on September 1, 2011. From that time until November 2016, he worked from an office on the campus of Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.  Currently, he works from his home in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  

Paul’s experience with the issues of health and faith is a result of his past roles in the family and church as well as with various church agencies and community organizations. He is a long-time advocate of a holistic vision of health in the context of family and community, having paid particular attention to those who have often been marginalized in the community of faith due to physical, sensory, psychiatric, and intellectual disabilities.

As the father of two children, one of whom has significant developmental disabilities due to a genetic condition, he has had many years of interaction with a variety of healthcare professionals. In more recent years, Paul has been involved in advocacy work to integrate persons with disabilities into the church and community.

For about 16 years, Paul served as a pastor in cross-cultural urban congregations in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Indiana and faced a variety of situations involving disabilities, mental health, and addictions. He also served several other congregations in Indiana as a part-time music minister.

He has helped in the start-up or re-organizational phases for a number of community and church-related organizations. His most recent project has been Congregational Accessibility Network (CAN), an independent, international, interfaith disabilities advocacy effort that originally started at Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN), an organization he helped found in 2003.

From 2003-2017, Paul also worked part-time for Mennonite.net helping congregations and church-related organizations use the new digital technology in ministry and mission. In the process, he has learned much about communications, marketing, and ways to reach out via the Internet. He still does occasional consulting work for Mennonite.net.  

Paul lives in Loyalsock Township just east of the city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania with his wife, Twila Charles Leichty. He has become involved in his new home congregation, Agape Fellowship of the Mennonite Church, a congregation of LMC (Lancaster Mennonite Conference) as a teacher and elder.

Heather Plunkett

Heather Plunkett is currently functioning as administrative assistant of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship under an interim arrangement with MHS (Mennonite Health Services).

Heather has over 20 years of experience in project management and marketing solutions both in the not-for-profit and for-profit arenas. Heather is an Associate with Mennonite Health Services assisting with market studies and research/analysis, strategies for the workplace, and executive search and interim engagement support.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, Corey and two teenage daughters, Macy and Taylor Anne.

Timothy Burkholder

Administrative Assistant

Timothy BurkholderTimothy (Tim) Burkholder begins as administrative assistant / bookkeeper for Mennonite Health Fellowship June 2018. He retired from Mennonite Education Agency in 2010 and then again from Anabaptist Disabilities Network in 2014 and is now semi-retired working half-time for Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship.

Tim and his wife, Sharon, moved to Goshen, Indiana in 1993 from Edmonton, Alberta to work for then Mennonite Board of Education as vice-president of church relations. He came out of retirement in 2013 to work part-time as executive director for Anabaptist Disabilities Network. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Alberta. Following graduation, he worked as a computer systems analyst/manager, general manager of the family building supply business then as executive secretary for Northwest Mennonite Conference. Together they have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Other interests include serving on the congregation board as chair, taking in musicals and plays, golfing, playing board games and watching professional sports – in particular hockey and curling followed by football.

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