About us

Who We Are

We are run by an unaffiliated board of 7 men who desire to see children educated in a way that leads them to live fulfilling lives in service to our Lord & Savior.

UMM has a vision of being a partner organization with our Anabaptist community in helping establish urban learning centers. Our goal is to partner with local churches in urban areas to develop educational programs. We see value in both early education and elementary education.

Early education (daycare) is a field with significant opportunities to invest in a community. Providing childcare for families enables them to hold jobs and be a supportive part of the community. This is particularly true in single-parent households. Our opportunity provides quality early education, similar to what we have in our Anabaptist homes, strengthens our communities by getting our students ready for whatever school they attend.

Elementary education at our schools gives opportunities to families. They have the opportunity to place their children in a school, with small class sizes, that can be more attentive to a child’s development and needs. Typically our families appreciate our distinctly Christian approach to education and value such things as Bible memory. Families also appreciate the interaction with staff people who are led by Jesus to genuinely care about both the parents and children. Our elementary schools typically are able to charge less tuition than their counterparts in a city due to volunteerism and capital funding from the Anabaptist community. We are in the process of developing a scholarship fund to enable more families to attend our schools.

Future Direction

Early Education (Daycare)...

…is a field with significant opportunity to invest in a community. Providing childcare for families enables them to hold jobs and be a supportive part of the community. This is particularly true in single-parent households. Our opportunity provides quality early education, similar to what we have in our Anabaptist homes, strengthens our communities by getting our students ready for whatever school they attend.

Elementary Education...

…at our schools gives opportunities to families. They have the opportunity to place their children in a school, with small class sizes, that can be more attentive to a child’s development and needs. Typically our families appreciate our distinctly Christian approach to education and value such things as Bible memory. Families also appreciate the interaction with staff people who are led by Jesus to genuinely care about both the parents and children. Our elementary schools typically are able to charge less tuition than their counterparts in a city due to volunteerism and capital funding from the Anabaptist community. We are in the process of developing a scholarship fund to enable more families to attend our schools.

Our Approach

Our Mission
Our mission is to make sure all young people and children get all the support they need, when they need it, no matter what it is.
Whether it is a reassuring conversation, financial help, education, professional training, or simply the assurance that they are not alone, we will make sure that everyone gets support that meets them where they’re at as quickly as possible.
Our Vision
We want to build a world where no child or youth feels alone and gets every possible help they need as soon as possible.
Our entire team wants to see a world where every youngster struggling in any way feels able to reach out and has people who’ll help them with education, jobs, and more. We want to spread out in every region so we’ll be reachable to all.
Our Philosophy
  1. Financially self-sustaining (90% of operating costs are currently covered through tuition. Capital projects are funded primarily through donations from the broader Anabaptist community).
  2. Living & working in the same neighborhoods
  3. Involving the larger Anabaptist community in the ministry through work projects and PR events
  4. Using education as a means of evangelism

Our History

The UMM advisory council held its first meeting in February of 2006.

The council was a first step in establishing an organizational structure out of which an inner-city mission could be started. In October of 2006, it was determined that UMM would begin outreach work in Baltimore City, Maryland by the summer of 2007. The UMM advisory council established the UMM board at this time. In June of 2007, Reuben and Patty Petersheim moved their family to Baltimore.

During the first several years, the goals were to establish relationships and to get to know the community and culture of the Baltimore area. In those first years, Reuben taught in the public school system as a way to financially support his family. Patty invited neighbors to a playgroup for the purpose of developing relationships with local mothers and children. Together, they held a Bible study with neighbors every other week. For four years, they and the board worked at figuring out how to operate and fund a Christian school in the city.

In the fall of 2011, our first school was started. Hampden Christian School began with five students and 3 full-time teachers. Today we serve many families who live in the neighborhood where the school is located, and our teachers live. The school also has a daycare that cares for infants through 3-year-olds. Our elementary school offers grades K-8. The majority of our patrons are not from a Mennonite background, but many of them are Christian. We do have a number of families from a variety of religious backgrounds.

Our Executive Board

Darren Fox

Chairman
Darren & his wife live in Honey Brook, PA. They attend Fairview Mennonite Church and is an office administrator at September Farm Cheese.

Dwight Fox

Vice Chairman
Dwight & Heidi attend Zion Mennonite Chapel. I am excited about the influence we can have on children who may otherwise never experience the Gospel. I enjoy hunting and softball. I have been involved in UMM since 2020.

Jeff Burkholder

Secretary
Jeff & Whitney live in Ephrata, PA with their 3 children. They attend Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship. Jeff is a website developer & project manager at BURK Digital

Eugene Hurst

Treasurer
Eugene & his wife live in New Holland, PA. They attend South Hinkletown Mennonite Church. Eugene is in management at MM Weaver.

Daryl Long

Bio coming soon.

Kevin Weaver

Kevin and Alicia live in Stevens, Pa with their 3 children. They attend Faith Mennonite Fellowship. Kevin is owner of Tri-State Buildings and specializes in post frame construction.

Ken Yoder

I attend Cornerstone Mennonite Church in Burgettstown, PA. Ruben Petersheim introduced me to UMM. UMM combines Christian education, serving the local community, and sharing Jesus with the lost world, this is what excites me.

Our Advisory Board

Our advisory board is made up of 15+ individuals that represent pastors and educators within the anabaptist community.

Our Staff

Hampden Christian School

Darrell Hershberger

Administrator

Eric Heatwole

Operations Manager

Londa Miller

Infant Head Teacher

Martha Helmuth

Infant Assistant

Judy King

Toddler Teacher

Dorinda Stelfox

2's Assistant

Marietta Kauffman

3's Head Teacher

Kristalyn Stoltzfus

3's Assistant

Rosemary Miller

4's Head Teacher

Heather Diem

4's Assistant

Cara Beiler

Office Manager

Kaelyn Horst

Elementary Assistant

Karen Graybill

Kindergarten Teacher

Katrina Petersheim

Grades 1 & 2 Teacher

Melody Yoder

Grades 3 - 5 Teacher

Mary Lois Petersheim

Librarian

Melanie Yoder

Grades 7-8 Teacher

Beverly Stoltzfus

2's Head Teacher

Bethany Edmonson

Cook/Domestics

Jerry Fox

Junior High Science & History Teacher

New Growth Learning Center

Conrad Shenk

Administrator

Darla Weaver

Head Teacher

Regina Weaver

Head Teacher

Londa Yoder

Assistant Teacher

Abigail Nolt

Office Manager/Kitchen Manager

Lanae Yoder

Head Teacher