Brethren Disaster Ministries
Jenn Dorsch-Messler is the Director of the Rebuild Program for the Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM). She oversees the domestic program that provides volunteer construction labor and leadership to rebuild homes after natural disasters. She also is currently serving as the Coordinator for the Ephrata Compassion Project, a local ministry in Ephrata PA through Love INC. The program connects volunteers from area churches to families in their neighborhood with unmet home repair needs to make the repairs and build relationships.
Jenn is currently completing the remainder of a term on the Board of Directors for National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and is up for re-election for a second term. In May 2018, she was elected Secretary for the Executive Committee of the NVOAD Board as well. She is also active with NVOAD work on the LTRG and Housing Committees. On the state level, she currently serves are the Secretary for the Executive Committee of Maryland National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and has since March 2017.
Jenn holds a B.A. in Communications and Art from Juniata College and has worked professionally as a graphic designer. She also completed the masters program at Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding with a M.A. in Conflict Transformation and a focus on Peacebuilding and Trauma Healing. While there, she completed up to the Level 2 of the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resiliency (STAR) training.
She grew up at Frederick Church of the Brethren, a 900-member church in Frederick, MD. There she also served on staff as the Director of Communication for three years overseeing all print and digital communication for the church. At Frederick CoB and her current home church, Ephrata Church of the Brethren (PA), she has served on Global Missions teams and is very active in local and national mission ministries. This has included volunteering
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