Linda Witmer

Linda Witmer

Office Phone: (717) 397-5190



Office Location: n/a

Office Hours: 10:00 - 6:00 Monday - Thursday


EMU at Lancaster

Associate Professor

EMU at Lancaster

Assoc Professor/Admin Director

ADCP Lancaster RN to BS

Linda is the Administrative Director of the Nursing program in Lancaster, PA. She teaches Community Health, Cultural Perspectives, Family Health, and Global Trends in Health in the RN-BS in Nursing program. Linda has 23 years of international experience, serving under both Mennonite Central Committee and Eastern Mennonite Mission with the K’ekchi’ Maya in Guatemala. She did leadership training and was the program coordinator for the health, development, and church programs. In 1996 Linda worked alongside the K’ekchi’ to initiate the Bezaleel Education Center for K’ekchi’ youth and a land project for landless K’ekchi’. Her work as a community health nurse in Coatesville, PA led to the initiation of Bridge of Hope, a program for homeless women and children. At Goshen College she taught Community Health, Transcultural Nursing, Health Care for the Poor and served as adjunct professor located in Guatemala offering an annual 3-week course on “Doing Theology in Latin America.”


Certified Spiritual Director, 2009
Certified Parish Nurse, 2007
M.Div. Lancaster Theological Seminary, 2007
MSPH Maternal & Child Health, UNC in Chapel Hill, 1982
MPH Public Health Nursing, UNC in Chapel Hill, 1981
BSN Eastern Mennonite University, 1973

  • Nisley, J. (2005). Li K’anjel chi rix li Kawilal, Health Manual. eds. Linda Witmer and John Emrich. Guatemala: Organizacion de Promotores y Comadronas Maya Peten.
  • Witmer, L. & Meyer, C. (2000). Li K’en li Nac’anjelac re Xbanbal li Yajel, Medicinal Plants of Alta Verapaz. Guatemala: Fundameno.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
  • 4/12/14_Health Ministries: Basic Elements and Outreach_, Chester County Faith Community Nurses, Downingtown United Methodist Church
  • 9/20/13_Health Ministries Within Changing Healthcare_, St, Mary Roman Catholic Church, Hamburg PA: Panelist, Central Penn Parish Nursing Annual Conference
  • 11/23/12_History of the K’ekchi’ Mennonite Church – 40th anniversary_, Chamelco, AV, Guatemala
  • 9/27/12_Wellness in the Neighborhood_Wellness in the Church and the Community, Central Penn Parish Nurse Conference.
  • 4/23/12 Culture of Poverty, EMU at Lancaster, continuing education for nurses
  • 2/22/12 Global Health, guest speaker, EMU at Lancaster
  • 5/30/14, 6/22/13, 6/21/14, 5/8/13,Community assessment, family assessment and community resources, Faith Community Nurse certificate program, Adventist WholeHealth Wellness Center and EMU Lancaster
  • 5/18/13, 6/5/12_How my international public health experience affects my public health practice in the U.S._Goshen College Master’s of Nursing, Goshen, IN
Other Presentations
  • 10/12/13_History of Bridge of Hope_Bridge of Hope Conference, Akron, PA
  • 10/04/12 Women as LeadersBridge of Hope Conference, facilitator of a panel and small group discussions
Church, Community and Professional Service


  • 2006 – present: Fundameno & Centro Educativo Menonita K’ekchi’, San Pedro Carcha, A.V. Guatemala


  • Laurel Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
    05 – 11 – Outreach Committee (chair)
    09 – present – Worship Committee (chair.)
    10-11 – Safe Sanctuary (chair)

Board Member

  • 2011 – present – Kairos School of Spiritual Formation, chair
  • 2007 – 2011 – Kairos School of Spiritual Formation, vice chair
  • 2001 – present – Fundameno USA Board, president
  • 2010 – present – Faith-Based Health Ministries Network, chair
Honors, Awards and Grants


  • Two Federal Weed and Seed Anti-gang Grants for a Lancaster neighborhood mosaic project 07/08
Certifications and Licenses

RN license
Certified Parish Nurse
Certified Spiritual Director

Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association
Mennonite Health Fellowship
Christian Community Health Association
Spiritual Directors International

Professional Conferences Attended
  • 1-/7/13_Mental Health Issues Among Children and Youth_, EMU Lancaster Continuing Education
  • 11/2-11/6/13_Think Global/Act Local_, APHA, Boston
  • 9/20/13_Health Ministries Within Changing Health Care_, Central PA Parish Nurse Conference
    *11/19/13_Immunization Update_, EMU Lancaster Continuing Education
    *12/04/13_Partnership and Coaching_, EMU Lancaster Continuing Education
    *2/26/14_Lancaster County Needs Assessment and Health Priorities_, EMU