Greenwood Mennonite School is governed by a school board of up to nine members. This board represents the owner church, Greenwood Mennonite Church, as well as sponsoring churches. The school board meets on a monthly basis to oversee GMS operations. Board members support the school in many ways and are always open to feedback from parents and others with concerns.
Occupation: Roofing Contractor at Delmarva Roofing & Coating
Sheldon is husband to Sylvia and father to Caitlin and Jason. Fun fact: both of Sheldon's children are continuing his deep passion for GMS. Caitlin serves as the school's bookkeeper and Jason was the Athletic Director.
Mr. Swartentruber currently holds several positions on the school board. He is the GMS school board chairman, and is on the vision, improvement, and promotion committee, personnel committee, and is also a council to the Principal. He is also the chairman of the Fair food booth committee.
Sheldon said the thing he loves most about GMS is, "the history and longevity of the school. It started out of conviction to be different." He believes that GMS is a unifying institution for not only the owner churches, but all of the affiliated churches.
Sheldon really appreciates the family feel of GMS, and says the best thing about GMS is "knowing we are educating the future generations in a Godly manner."
Occupation: Salesman at Delmarva Insulation
Mr. Wright, and his wife Becky Kauffman-Wright, has served GMS for several years on the school board. Andy attends Greenwood Mennonite Church and has 5 children currently enrolled at GMS and two graduates. His children are: Gibson, Kobe, Silas, Nona, Jonas, MollyAnne, and Della.
Finance Committee Chair
Occupation: V.P. of Engineering at Choptank Electric
Lee is husband to GMS alumnus, Kelly Mills-Sverduk and is father to Elliet, Reid, and Brooke. Along with many other talents, Lee provides substantial leadership in the realm of GMS finances. Operating a Christian school is no small endeavor and Lee has done a fantastic job of seeing us through.
Lee believes the best thing about GMS is the way it brings the community together.
Occupation: Owner at Welfley Masonry
Charles (Charlie) Welfley is a 1999 GMS graduate and has come back to GMS to serve on the school board. Charles attends Greenwood Mennonite Church with his wife (and high school classmate) Janelle Kauffman-Welfley. Charlie and Janelle have six children and reside in Harrington, DE.
Occupation: Part Owner at Elvin Schrock and Sons Plumbing
Courtney is a 1999 GMS graduate and joined the board in 2019. His wife, Amanda Rogers-Schrock, also attended GMS and is currently actively involved with their three sons educational experience at GMS.
Chris Jones has been serving on the GMS board since 2016 and is sending his two children, Aiden and Grace, to GMS.
John David Swartzentruber
Pastoral Representative of Greenwood Mennonite Church
Occupation: Pastor and Chicken Farmer
John David is husband to Carlene and father to Krista, Joseph, Dawn, and Amber, all of which graduated from GMS.
John David is the head pastor at Greenwood Mennonite Church and serves on the GMS school board as a pastoral representative from that owning church.
He loves the fact that GMS has such dedicated staff members. He also thinks GMS is important because it "gives us the opportunity to train children with the values we promote in God's kingdom."