Sometimes the wife of a pastor faces stress from congregational expectations, ministry overload, church conflict, or other issues or relationships. The CMC Executive Board has appointed the following persons to serve as resources to hurting pastors’ wives within CMC. All of these women have served long tenures as the wives of ministers within CMC and have made themselves available for this ministry. A brief description of their education, church experiences, spiritual journey, and family life is enclosed along with a photo. If you are the wife of a CMC minister in need of encouragement, support, advice, and prayer, you are encouraged to make initial contact with one of these persons via email with further contact, such as an exchange of phone numbers, arranged as needed.
Edna Shetler is married to Mel and has six children and fourteen grandchildren. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior around the age of thirteen. She served as a pastor’s wife for forty years. Her education includes a degree from Rosedale Bible College. Edna writes “My heart is especially drawn to pastors’/leaders’ wives because it can be a lonely road. It is hard to find someone to share with about struggles regarding church members/issues or marriage because it is hard to find a safe place. I want to be that safe place because I know how lonely it can be. At the same time, loneliness has become my best friend because it drew me to Him!
Lynette Showalter is married to Conrad and has four children and six grandchildren. She has been a Christian for about fifty years. She served as a pastor’s wife for about thirty years and her education inludes a Master in Social Work degree from Andrews University. Lynette writes that a verse/prayer that she returns to often is “Set my feet upon a rock, and give me a firm place to stand. Put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God” from Psalm 40.
Martha Stoltzfus is the widow of Wesley Stoltzfus and has nine children and many grandchildren. She has been a Christian for about sixty-five years and served as a pastor’s wife for about forty-five years. She is retired from most responsibilities but has made herself available to assist pastors’ wives.
Leona Graybill is married to Doug and has four children and eight grandchildren. She has been a Christian for fifty-eight years and served as a pastor’s wife for about thirty-four years. She writes “I especially enjoy close friendships … and God has opened doors to one-on-one counseling and encouragement opportunities. As I look back over some painful pastor wife experiences, I can now thank God for the valuable things He has taught me through those times.”