Faith Promise

Dear Friend of BMS:

In 1945 when Belleville Mennonite School first opened its one-room schoolhouse door in the small village of Whitehall just outside of Belleville, the 29 students being taught by one teacher experienced the rich connection of church and school. The students’ Amish and Mennonite parents wanted them to be educated in a safe, private setting where their faith would be deepened. Many things have changed in the last 72 years but the one thing that remains the same is that desire by our parents to have their children’s faith enriched in an academic environment that pursues success. Today, thanks in part to God’s faithfulness and a tradition of kind financial gifts, the school is healthy with 240 students enrolled in PreK-12th grade, a dedicated faculty and staff, and a growing desire from administration to provide vision for the future.

As we look to continue this significant faith and academic partnership, please accept an invitation to join the Belleville Mennonite School community as we celebrate God’s faithfulness to the school at the Faith Promise Banquet on Friday, October 6 at 6:30 pm. The banquet is a launching point for the Faith Promise Annual Fund which provides an opportunity for friends, alumni, parents, and teachers to play a critical role in supporting the school’s mission to prepare young men and women for a life of service to Christ. Representing nearly 20 percent of the school’s operating budget, fundraisers including the Faith Promise Annual Fund, underwrite all the things that make Belleville Mennonite School extraordinary: a solid curriculum, exciting arts, athletic opportunities, financial aid, inspiring spiritual growth, technology, and all the other components of our students’ experience.

God has used his people to financially guide the course of the school’s history, we look to our friends, alumni, and community to continue the support. Be our guests and enjoy a message by keynote speaker Reverend Jonathan Yoder, Class of 1970 (pictured, right),  and a ham dinner, and learn about BMS today and the school’s rich heritage. RSVP for the Faith Promise Banquet before September 22, by emailing,, or calling the school office, 717.935.2184.


Valerie Reed
Development Director

The goal for the 2017 banquet is to raise $60,000. If you are unable to attend the banquet, but would like to make a contribution or a Faith-Promise pledge of support, please complete the form below. Every gift of every size has an impact, and the collective generosity of alumni and friends is what makes the experience at BMS possible.

Donation Form Please place a checkmark in the space below to indicate if you are making a gift now, or if you prefer to make a Faith-Promise pledge which is due before October 1, 2018. This form and all checks can be mailed to:
    Belleville Mennonite School
    4105 Front Mountain Road
    Belleville, PA 17004

___ Today, I would like to make a gift to Belleville Mennonite School’s Faith Promise Annual Fund. Here is my gift in the amount of $ ________________________.

___ I promise to make a financial gift of support to Belleville Mennonite School’s Faith Promise Annual Fund before October 1, 2018 in the amount of $ _______________________.

Email: ______________________________________

Our Speaker

Jonathan Yoder, BMS Class of 1970, is the keynote speaker for the upcoming Faith Promise Banquet on Friday, October 6 at 6:30 AM at the school. Jonathan’s message will focus on the theme of perseverance from  Hebrews Chapter 12.

The son of Mary and the late Ivan Yoder, Jonathan received a Bachelor of Science degree from Philadelphia Biblical University (Cairn University) and a Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.  He and his wife, Susan, taught on a part-time basis at BMS from 1975-1977.  Jonathan was also pastoring at Barrville Mennonite Church, near Reedsville, during those days.  Then in 1980 he began to preach at Mountain View Mennonite Chapel in Reedsville.  In 1986 the Yoder’s moved to Quakertown when Jonathan accepted the call to lead the East Swamp Church until 1998.  Following that, Jonathan and Susan lived in Atlanta, Georgia where he completed a chaplain residency program in Clinical Pastoral Education at Emory University Hospital. Since that time he has been serving Pine Grove Church in Bowmansville, PA as the senior pastor. Jonathan is also involved in volunteer work and hospice chaplaincy.  Jonathan and Susan reside in Denver, PA and are enjoying this stage of their life as they are very involved with their family and four grandchildren. 

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