We are excited to have an in-person gathering of the Highland community this fall on October 23rd! If you are able to join us, please do! (More details and the online registration here.)
If you are unable to attend in person, we still welcome your participation. If you are a member of the Highland Retreat Association, your vote on this year’s board member nominees is needed! Please read the nominee bios below and then cast your ballot.
You can also help by offering financial support to Highland’s ministry. If you wish to donate by credit card, click the button below. You may also bring a cash or check donation with you to the event, or mail a check to Highland Retreat (14783 Upper Highland Drive, Bergton, VA 22811).
Vote on board member nominees
Highland members: Please review the following bios for this year’s 4 board member nominees, then complete the ballot at the bottom of the page. (Not sure if you’re a member? Go ahead and fill out the ballot. We’ll cross-check names to ensure that only members’ votes are counted, and each member votes only once. To become a member, you must give a one-time gift of at least $150 and include a note indicating that it is a membership gift. Members are kept updated on how Highland is doing, and are asked to cast their vote on board member nominees each year.)
Mark Harmon (returning board member) grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and first connected to Highland Retreat in 2006. Seven summers on staff at Highland were the start to a path in youth ministry that he is still following today. Mark works as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church where he continues to focus on the passion for youth that was sparked at Highland. When not working, he spends most of his time with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Jenna (5) and Clara (3), enjoying trips to the playground, preparing meals together, and visiting with extended family.
Pastor James Rhee, PhD (NEW board member) has been serving as a pastor at what is now CrossWay Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg since 2006. After finishing his M. Div. degree at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 2005, James started a church plant that shared the Stephens City Mennonite Church building. In 2009, he extended the church to Harrisonburg and started Park View Korean Church. Finally, the two churches were merged in 2014 and became CrossWay Mennonite Church. Before changing his life journey and beginning seminary in 2001, James had been working as a Semiconductor Engineer for over 20 years in Korea. He majored in Electrical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology and received a PhD in Electronics Engineering from Yonsei University in Korea. Currently, James both works as a pastor for college students and serves as a missionary every summer in Cap Haitian, Haiti, teaching computer skills and English to Haitian youth. He has a beautiful and faithful wife, Jung-Ok Lim, and two children, Jason and Jenny.
Amy Rush (returning Board member) works as a CPA at Clark & Bradshaw, PC, a law firm in Harrisonburg, VA. She attends Zion Mennonite Church in Broadway, VA. Amy has been a Highland board member since 2009 and serves as Treasurer. She spent many summers at Highland while her parents served as summer program directors in the 1980’s, and has inherited their love for the mission of Highland – to provide a place of retreat where people can meet Jesus Christ, explore nature and build relationships.
Todd Van Patter (returning Board member) and his wife Rachel both grew up going to camp, and met each other while on summer staff at Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp in Pennsylvania. They have lived in Harrisonburg since 2011 with their two children, and attend Church of the Incarnation in Harrisonburg. Todd serves as Director of Operations at Virginia Mennonite Missions, and spends as much time in the woods as he can. Camp remains one of the deepest formational experiences in his life and faith, and he hopes that many others will receive the hope and meaning that camping ministry uniquely provides.