Office Phone: (540) 432-4263
Office Location: BH 200
Office Hours: by appointment
Carmen has served as a Mennonite pastor in Richmond, VA (2 1/2 years) and Pittsburgh, PA (5 1/2 years) and is currently serving as co-pastor at Immanual Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA. She and her husband Luke spent three years in Honduras in the 1980s and three years in the Philippines (2002-2005) with Mennonite Central Committee. While in the Philippines she served as assistant chaplain for the students and faculty at Faith Academy, the largest school for children of missionary families in the world. She and Luke are the grateful parents of Grace (EMU grad of 2008), Lucas ( EMU grad 2010) and Caleb (a high school junior).
Carmen has a B.A. in Social Work from EMU (l981) and a M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Christian Spirituality from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 1988. She is an ordained minister within the VA Mennonite conference.
From 2006 to 2011 Carmen directed the volunteer program of the local hospice, where she learned about the spirituality of end-of-life issues, as well as the spirituality of grief and loss. She has also worked for Sojourners magazine, directed a homeless shelter, led local and international retreats, served on the board of Pittsburgh’s PULSE program (a young adult service and learning opportunity) and is currently on the board of Roberta Webb Child Care Center in Harrisonburg.
At EMU Carmen teaches courses in Spiritual Formation, Congregational Ministry, and Youth Ministry as well as directs the Ministry Inquiry Program.
Carmen enjoys finding God in the ordinary miracles of our every day lives, sharing the gift of hospitality, reading, listening to her sons play music, Skyping with her daughter and son-in-law in Indonesia, and walking on the beach.