Irv attended Eastern Mennonite University receiving a BS in Psychology and Christian Ministries, then Bethany Theological Seminary for his Mdiv degree. Following Jesus has been a wonderful adventure. I encourage you to try it! I started out in a white Mennonite community and I was blessed early on to have a childhood friend who was black. My family lived near Dulles International Airport and so our home became the base for missionaries traveling to and from exciting destinations around the world. Later I had the opportunity myself to travel to study biblical archeology, peace and justice issues, and world religions in the Middle East. My wife and I served as pastors of an inner-city congregation and then nearly eight years as missionaries in the Dominican Republic. These rich experiences have filled me with joy for mutual learning and worship with people of different cultures and backgrounds. I am thrilled to be part of the West Charleston Church of the Brethren where Spanish, Kiswahili, and Portuguese can be heard alongside bluegrass songs of faith. As this congregation’s love for God and one another has deepened it has extended its welcome to people who are all too often excluded by others based on legal status, sexual orientation, gender, or race. I’m thankful for the privilege of serving as pastor of this congregation which is faithfully seeking to be the beloved community of Jesus.