StaffServing MHF from Goshen, Indiana and Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Two half-time staff persons serve Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship from a virtual office in Goshen, Indiana.
Paul D. Leichty
Paul Leichty began his part-time employment 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. Now, he works from his new 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, 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 is currently phasing out from regular responsibilities for that work.
Paul lives in Loyalsock Township just east of the city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania with his wife, Twila Charles Leichty, and is becoming involved in his new home congregation, Agape Fellowship of the Mennonite Church, a congregation of Lancaster Mennonite Conference.
Deloris has over 20 years of experience as a support person in the administrative field. She has worked in both the not-for-profit and for-profit industry. Deloris has spent the last nine years working for Mennonite Health Services, supporting both Alliance and Consulting services. Additionally, she handles the board and CEO evaluations that are requested by MHS members and other outside faith-based organizations.
In her spare time, Deloris enjoys running and gardening. She has participated in over 35 half and full marathons held in 30 states and 3 countries.