Staunton Mennonite Church
2405 3rd St - Staunton, VA 24401

Pastor Paul Seland

  "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." (John 20:21)


Paul Seland served as pastor of Staunton Mennonite Church from September 1983 - September 1989.  He was entering his final year at Eastern Mennonite Seminary when he was called to serve as pastor.  He graduated from Seminary in May, 1984 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree focused on counseling/church growth.  He was licensed to the ministry in October, 1983 by Virginia Conference of the Mennonite Church.  Paul also served on the Virginia Conference Mission Board from 1985-89.


In July of 1984, he married Twila Swartz of AuGres, MI, whom he met at Eastern Mennonite Seminary while singing in the Seminary Touring Choir.  Twila worked in the Admissions Office at Eastern Mennonite College.


Following his tenure at Staunton, Paul and Twila moved to Harrisonburg, VA to teach at Cornerstone Bible College/Seminary.  He served as interim pastor of St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Timberville VA for
1 1/2 years before coming on staff with Cornerstone Mennonite Church & Ministries as a counseling pastor at the  Mt. Crawford, VA location. He was ordained in 1992 through Virginia Conference of the Mennonite Church. Paul continued as a staff pastor at Cornerstone and instructor in its Bible College/Seminary until January, 2003.

In September, 2003, Paul joined Pastor George Yoder, a former instructor with him at Cornerstone Bible College/Seminary in a church planting called New Covenant Fellowship which meets in the Elkton, VA  V.F.W. Hall.  While there, he taught classes on Christian growth/discipleship and served as assistant worship leader.

In March of 2006, Paul accepted a call to become pastor of Frieden's United Church of Christ in Mt. Crawford, VA.  He and Twila have 2 children, a daughter Jennifer (age 16) and a son Jonathan (age 12).  They live at 4923 Frieden's Church Rd., Mt. Crawford, VA  22841.