Pastor Howard keeps life interesting with many hobbies and activities including fly fishing, bird watching and coffee roasting. He has his nose in a book a lot of the time but also enjoys sharing life with friends and having thought-provoking conversations.
Married to Carolyn, a second grade teacher and watercolor artist, they have two adult children, Hannah and Josh, and a son-in-law Joey. Howard and Carolyn have been residents of the Shenandoah Valley since 1987.
Howard has a B.S. in history from Eastern Mennonite University and a MACL from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He taught high school history for 7 years and was the Virginia Mennonite Conference Youth Minister for 11 years. He also served as an Associate Pastor for 10 years.
I moved here to Waynesboro in 2012 from Broadway, VA with my wife and 2 children. The town of Waynesboro has quickly found a special place in our heart, the church has welcomed us, and we have a special appreciation for our church family here.
I attended Eastern Mennonite College and Seminary, graduating with a BA in music, BS in camping, recreation and youth ministries, and a MA in church leadership.
One of the most unique experiences in our families life was church planting in Bari, Italy for ten years. We learned to speak Italian, to love Italian food, soccer, and culture. When I am not involved in church activities you will probably find me enjoying time watching sports, in the woods hunting or hiking, hanging out with friends, along the river fishing, or in my backyard gardening.
As a lifelong resident of Waynesboro, I never cease to be amazed at the beauty that surrounds us here in the Shenandoah Valley. I am most blessed by the beautiful friendships that have, and continue to enrich my life.
My past work experience as an administrative assistant includes ten years with Waynesboro’s Department of Social Services, and thirteen years with a non-profit organization that provides free tutoring for area high school students.
Along with routine office duties, eighteen years as church secretary has provided numerous opportunities to give and receive encouragement from those whom God brings into my life.
Bible study, reading, music, piano, watching old movies, baking, traveling with my husband, spending time with family and friends are activities that bring me much joy!