Faith and Values in Marketplace seminar set for November 6 in Mt. Hope

By Beverly Keller
The Budget

The world is changing. Survival and adapting are now part of the daily grind.

To help business leaders, as well as community leaders, better understand the tools needed to thrive in a fast-changing world, Everence has teamed up with the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center along with the NE Ohio Chapter of MEDA. Together they are offering another Faith and Values in the Marketplace event set for Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. at The Gardens at Homestead in Mt. Hope.

Featured speakers include Brian Miller, President of ProVia who will be talking about navigating a tight labor market. Leon Wengerd, Chief Financial Officer at Pioneer Equipment will talk about new product innovation. Dan Owolabi, Campus Pastor at NewPointe in Wooster will share insight into developing a leadership legacy.

“Each year we try to identify topics and speakers that are timely and helpful to marketplace persons,” explained David Miller, Charitable Services Representative, Mennonite Foundation at Everence. “Our workshops are faith and values-oriented and the presenters are asked to incorporate how faith and values impact their marketplace decisions because we regard the marketplace as ministry.”

For Miller, the events are ones that he looks forward to each year and have continued to build a following. Partnering with local groups to increase their exposure to those who may best benefit from the messages has been paramount. Yet, giving back continues to be the main focus. “For all three non-profit sponsoring organizations, these free workshops are one of our ways of giving back to the community,” Miller shared.

“Sponsoring an event like this is another way to help shape the future for the better and impact our people,” explained Marcus Yoder, director of the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. “It is paramount to have good information to make informed decisions in the business place.”

Miller noted that he expects the crowd to again be mixed to hear lessons that impact. “These annual workshops are geared towards business families and community leaders,” he explained. “In past years they have been attended by an equal number of Amish and English.”

Wrapping up the event will be a time of audience question and answer with the panel of speakers. Ken Hochstetler who serves as the CEO of Everence will be on hand to field questions and facilitate the discussions to be had.

“Invite a friend, client or colleague,” Miller encouraged.

Yoder agreed. “Bring others and be prepared to learn,” he said. “There is tremendous knowledge to be shared at this event again this year.”

For more information or to register, contact Everence at 330-857-9988 or via email to