An introduction to Huntington Mennonite Church of Newport News, Virginia
Huntington Mennonite Church stands in the historic third wave of the Protestant Reformation. Begun as a mission outreach to Newport News in the 1920s., the congregation grew in and out of several locations. When the downtown landscape became more industrial in the 1960s, the Huntington Avenue Mennonite Church made plans to move into a residential neighborhood on Harpersville Road. The congregation retained its former name when it opened its current building in 1972. The desire to serve and engage with the local community still drives congregational vision – we seek to grow as followers of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and as a community of God’s grace, joy and peace, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.
Church Leadership Council:
Chair – Joe Blumber
Administration Elder – Howie Schiedel
Embrace Elder – Carol Hall
Rescue Elder – Russell DeYoung
Rebuild Elder (Pastoral Care) – Alice Hedgepeth
Rebuild Elder (Christian Education) – Lewi Blosser
Release Elder – Evonne Showalter
Interim Pastor – Anna Janzen
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries – Dianna Schiedel
Interim Status at this Time
I have had the privilege of working as Director of Youth and Young Adults here at Huntington Mennonite Church since 2009. Howie, my husband, and I have two adult children, Ben, and Jodi married to Don Anderson. I have previously worked in education as a teacher in elementary and middle grades and as a school counselor on the elementary level. In this role, I develop and implement programing related to Junior and Senior Youth, serve on the Mentoring Team and relate to Young Adults. I am extremely grateful for God’s redeeming work in my own life, and for opportunities to partner with others in their faith journeys.
Samantha Luck holds a degree in Music Therapy from Radford University with a major in piano and a minor in voice. She teaches piano, voice, and guitar at her private studio in Newport News, Luck Studios, to students of all ages and levels of ability, including students with special needs. In addition to the instruments she teaches, Samantha also has training in violin, pipe organ, hand percussion, and harp. She began participating in the music of the church as a child at First Presbyterian Church in Great Falls, Montana through involvement with the children’s choir, bell choir, and eventually, the Chancel choir. Through formal study and experience she has developed her skills in leading vocal choirs, praise teams, and hand bell choirs as well as increasing her knowledge of theology and worship planning.