About us

Mennonite Voluntary Service, e.V.—Christliche Dienste provides opportunities for voluntary serviceabroad. As of 2019 there are 80 volunteers serving in 12 countries in Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe. They work with children, people needing special care and youth in large cities. They build homes for homeless families, support missionaries, work in fair trade shops, in second-hand stores, in soup kitchens or in the storage and distribution of relief goods. They work for peace and reconciliation. Their programs seek to show God’s love to those marginalized in society.

Christliche Dienste was established in 1985 through an initiative of Mennonite churches. These churches belong to the Protestant Free church tradition, whose roots stem back to the Reformation. Nowadays, Mennonite organizations are responsible for carrying out the mission.

We believe in Jesus Christ, the revealed Son of God and the Lord of all who accept him by faith. We believe that the Christian church is made up of all those who commit themselves to live under His Lordship and to share with each other. Christian love is a vital aspect of the Christian faith, and the basis of our relationship to all people, regardless of their belief, race, nationality, gender, and political point of view. Our response to human conflict, injustice, war and racial conflict is rooted in the biblical statements on non-violence. Voluntary Service is a positive expression of this understanding.

Christliche Dienste is supported through the collaboration of Mennonite initiatives in social service, peace, and missions, and operates as a branch of Mennonite Voluntary Service, e.V.

Mennonite Voluntary Service, e.V.—Christian Service is a member of the Service Action Group for Peace (AGDF) and of the Evangelical Forum for Development Voluntary Service (eFeF) and is also recognized as a sending agency for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Coordination and Development and for the International Youth Volunteer Service (IJFD) which is promoted by the German Federal Ministry for family affairs, senior citizens, women and youth.

Our team

Our team consists of educational and administrative professionals. We are international and currently each team member has gained experience as a volunteer or volunteer abroad.
Megan Rosenwink

Megan Rosenwink

Executive Director

“I have personally experienced how formative it is to go abroad as a volunteer and learn. It is a privilege, together with partners, to accompany young people in voluntary service around the world and to hear of the invaluable experiences they have in a year of voluntary service.”

Mareike Ecker

Mareike Ecker

Seminar, Flights, Visas

“I am excited to work together with partners and volunteers in the kingdom of God, and to be part of a worldwide community!”

Albert Kinas

Albert Kinas

Public Relations, Personnel Counselor: North America

“Work with CD suits me, because every voluntary service is full of stories. Stories between the thirst for adventure abroad, and service of God and people. It is a privilege to be a small part of these individual stories.”

Ricardo Dettweiler

Ricardo Dettweiler

Personnel Counselor: South America, Asia, Europe, In-Coming Program

“Hello, I’m Ricardo. Time and again, I’m fascinated and excited to see what great things God will accomplish through and in volunteers. It’s a great privilege to be part of this!”

Simon Danner

Simon Danner

Personnel Counselor: North America

“Through my own voluntary service, I was able to learn many things and grow in different areas. To accompany volunteers in these processes and to be able to see God’s hands, is still today one of my biggest motivations for this work.”

Maximilian Schöps

Maximilian Schöps

Finances, Insurance

“I did my voluntary service in a primary school in Kisumu, Kenya. CD gives young people the chance to spend a year outside their comfort zone, to engage themselves in a new environment, and to learn to know themselves and God in a new way. I am motivated by being part of all of this and by being involved.”

Dorit Franz

Dorit Franz

In-Coming volunteer in CD Office

“Hello, my name is Dorit. I’m taking a two-year break from my work in Paraguay, so I can experience God in a new environment, and gain new experiences in service to others. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to work for CD, and I find it enriching to live in another country for a time.”

Naomi Tice

Naomi Tice

In-Coming volunteer in CD Office

“I’m Naomi, from the USA. For the last three years I’ve worked in England and Australia with Mennonite Mission Network. I consider it a privilege to be part of the worldwide church and to help shape it, with much to discover and learn. I am looking forward to the experiences here in the office and beyond!”

Member organisations

Deutsches Mennonitisches Missionskomitee (DMMK)
Deutsches Mennonitisches Friedenskomitee (DMFK)

Mennonitisches Hilfswerk (MH)

Jugendwerk Süddeutscher Mennonitengemeinden e.V. (juwe)
Tagungsstätte Thomashof e.V.

Menndia e.V.