2020 Annual Report

Annual Report Table of Contents


MHS is the go-to leader for integrating faith and work in health and human services.


Anchored in Anabaptist values, MHS inspires and strengthens health and human service ministries to fulfill their missions.

Letter from our CEO

This has been a year of severe disruption and adversity on a scale not seen for many decades. The way MHS members rose to the incredible challenge to support those in their care will remain etched in our hearts and minds for years to come.  As the pandemic unfolded in early 2020, MHS worked hard to provide assistance and support to our members.  Sometimes, it was as simple as offering spiritual reprieve and emotional uplift, other times it was in providing resources and tools to support member ministries.   We watched our members dig deep into their internal resources to meet the daily challenges of the pandemic, and admired the mutual aid and sharing that regularly occurred across the country.  Living through a time such as this makes us even more grateful for the network of faith grounded health and human service organizations.

The MHS team recognized the implications of the emerging crisis early on, moving swiftly to protect the health and safety of all our members, colleagues and sponsors by cancelling Mennonite Health Assembly which was to have been held in Greenville, South Carolina.  We eagerly anticipate the 2022 Health Assembly to be held there.  Plans were put in place for a virtual Assembly to be held in 2021.

The health crisis caused by COVID-19 also triggered an economic crisis that will continue to impact MHS members for years to come.  Government programs and subsidies provided needed financial relief but the loss of lives and great risk that were experienced confronting this virus will have lasting impact. Employee recruitment and retention, an issue prior to the pandemic is an even greater challenge today.

The social stresses imposed by the multiple crises we experienced this past year were amplified by the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others.  These killings unleashed public demonstrations for justice and civil unrest at a scale not seen since the civil rights movement. MHS, along with Mennonite Church USA, and other Mennonite Church agencies, responded by offering a statement of support in which MHS commits to working persistently toward a more just society by working with our members to undo the structures  of systemic racism.

Throughout this past year, MHS has taken the time to develop deeper and broader programming.  We’ve increased the number of educational webinar offerings and provided more opportunities for members to network with each other.  New this past year is a video podcast titled on Leading, focusing on the leadership experiences and stories from MHS members.  Board and CEO assessment tools were utilized at a higher rate this past year, and there was an increase in utilization of the Employee Engagement survey tool as well.   It is MHS’s goal to provide strategic business tools that advance our members’ health and human services mission.

The MHS Board of Directors added a fourth strategic initiative on diversity, equity and inclusion.  The Board also approved new mission and vision statements:


MHS is the go-to leader for integrating faith and work in health and human services.


Anchored in Anabaptist values, MHS inspires and strengthens health and human service ministries to fulfill their missions.

A virtual MHS member Annual Meeting was held on December 16, giving time for updating and member priority feedback.  The top priority levels members indicated for MHS focus were:  staff recruitment and retention; board governance; and strategic planning.

There are many challenges that MHS members continue to face; operational and strategic implications for health and human services organizations going forward.  With a strong Anabaptist faith foundation, and the unique collaborations and solutions members enjoy within this network, MHS pledges to continue our work at strengthening the MHS community and member ministries.

On behalf of the MHS Board of Directors, and the entire MHS team, we thank you for your engagement with us. We pledge to work creatively and strategically every day to maintain your trust and to deserve your membership commitment.

Karen  Lehman, President/CEO

Our Members

In the year 2020, MHS member organizations employed more than 15,726 people and served 318,371 people with health and human services needs.

The annual operating expenses of MHS member organizations was more than $1,070,400,000.

New and Enriched Member Programs

A new video to aid in orienting your board and employees
10 new groups to foster member connection
Learn from your peers though these new short video podcasts
New newsletter – your go-to resource for professional development resources
10 webinars focused on member needs – up from 4 webinars in previous years
Your Words was added to eConnections in 2020 to give our readers a channel to share their voices

2020 MHS Staff


Karen Lehman
President / CEO
Alisa Miller
Managing Director of MHS Consulting / CFO
Clare Krabill
COO / MEP Managing Director
Twila Albrecht
Program Manager
Heather Plunkett
Business Manager / Consulting Associate
Chris Rahe
Public Relations Manager
Jeremy Kauffman
Mim Shirk
President/CEO, Anabaptist Providers Group
Ally Lawton*
Administrative Coordinator
Diana Podmarkova
Administrative Coordinator, Anabaptist Providers Group

* Was on staff in 2020

2020 MHS Board


Valerie G. Rempel, Ph.D.​,
Board Chair
Dean of the Biblical Seminary and Vice President, Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, California
Edward (Ed) Brubaker,
Board Vice Chair
CEO, Living Branche
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Jenifer (Jen) Foster,
Governance Committee Chair
Executive Director, Central California Mennonite Residential Services
Fresno, California
Kerry Hoke,
Chair of Commission for Sponsorship
Director of Pastoral Ministries, Messiah Lifeways
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Jodie Smiley,
Chair, MHS Consulting Board
Executive Director, Paxton Ministries
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
James Krehbiel
CEO, Bluestem Communities
Hesston, Kansas
Mark Leinbach
Executive Director, Spring Haven
Dundee, Ohio
Larry Miller,
Chair of Finance Committee
Retired, Former CEO, Everence
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Maribel Ramirez Hinojosa
Clinical Psychologist
College Station, Texas
Don Tyson
Professor of Nursing, Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, Virginia


Medical Expense Plan (MEP)

The Medical Expense Plan (MEP) is a self-funded church plan sponsored by MHS since the mid-1980s and is available to qualified MHS members. The plan encourages member organizations to work together to improve employee health and manage medical expenses.

Our goal is to provide cost-effective employee health benefits to organizations that share common beliefs about stewardship, mutual aid, and community. MHS members seeking a fresh perspective on health insurance are encouraged to consider this plan, where members share cost and responsibility as owners of the MEP.

MEP Financial Distribution to Members

If shared risk claims are lower than expected, employers are eligible to receive distributions of unused funds. Employers benefit from favorable claims experience.

$2,695,000 in medical premium surplus was distributed back to MEP member organizations in 2020.

$140,000 in dental premium surplus was distributed back to MEP member organizations in 2020.

MEP provided 2,894 people with medical coverage and 1,107 people with dental coverage in 2020.


Peace Church Insurance Programs

Peace Church Insurance programs are a group of member-owned insurance programs for members of MHS, Fellowship of Brethren Homes and Friends Services Alliance.

Peace Church Health Insurance Program (PCHIP)

PCHIP is a member-owned employee medical benefits program developed by Peace Church organizations to provide an employee medical benefits program superior to their previous health insurance programs.

PCHIP launched in 2013 and produces financial return on premiums paid in and positive human returns with growing engagement in wellness and health risk management initiatives.

PCHIP covered approximately 2,800 people in 2020 and total Subscribers Savings Account (SSA) allocations are about $2.8 million to date.

Peace Church Property Insurance Trust (PCPIT)

The PCPIT is a fully insured group program offering property, automobile and crime coverages for Peace Church aging services organizations. PCPIT is available to aging services members of MHS, the Fellowship of Brethren Homes and Friends Services Alliance.

Peace Church Risk Retention Group (PCRRG)

PCRRG is a member-owned provider of general and professional liability insurance for Peace Church aging services organizations. A member-elected board engages qualified professionals to provide management and day to day functions. Costs are stabilized through proactive risk management.

PCRRG had total cash dividends of $19,217,734 and a total amount allocated to SSA’s of $14,345,794.

Peace Church Workers Safety Program (PCWSP)

PCWSP is a member-owned, self-insured workers compensation program offered to Peace Church-related organizations. Available to Peace Church organizations with workers compensation premiums of at least $50,000 and a willingness to participate in the member commitments to make the program successful.

PCWSP total premium is approximately $3.6M and the total SSA allocation to date is $1.8M.


Care Purchasing Services (CPS)

MHS membership grants access to this Group Purchasing Organization. Even employees of our 37 participating member organizations can take advantage of many discounts.

MHS Members saved a total of $114,847 in 2020.

32 member organizations participated.

Average savings per participating MHS member was $3,589.


Financial Report

2020 Financial Summary

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
December 31, 2020
Cash and investments $1,485,902
Accounts receivable and prepaid expenses $135,546
Equipment, net $9,991
Total Assets $1,631,439
Total liabilities $218,249
Net Assets  
Without donor restrictions $892,097
With donor restrictions $521,093
Total net assets $1,413,190
Total liabilities and net assets $1,631,439
Consolidated Statement of Activities
Year ended December 31, 2020
Consulting fees $1,168,500
Member services and contracts $774,841
Total revenue $1,943,341
Consulting fees $683,405
Member services and contracts $904,166
Total expenses $1,587,571
Operating income $355,770
Investment gains $85,952
Increase in net assets $441,722