Duane Yoder

This is a Mennonite church worker who has been publicly accused of sexual abuse. They are listed here as part of the Mennonite Abuse Prevention (MAP) list. Anyone with additional information or documentation on this person, please contact mennonite[at]snapnetwork.org or mail to MAP List, P.O. Box 442632, Lawrence, KS, 66044. All sources will be kept confidential.



Name: Duane Yoder

Date of birth: 1952

Description: Allegations of sexual misconduct against a parishoner in the context of counseling while serving as a lead pastor at Bay Shore Mennonite Church in Sarasota, Florida, in 2001. Named in a report commissioned by Mennonite Church USA, completed by D. Stafford and Associates, for protecting an alleged perpetrator at Lindale Mennonite Church in 2014, while serving as lead pastor there. Additional complaints about Yoder made by women to Virginia Mennonite Conference. 

Church-related positions held: Campus pastor at Hesston College in Hesston, KS (1983-85, 1987-91); Pastor at Hesston Inter-Mennonite Fellowship (1991-97); Senior pastor at Bay Shore Mennonite Church, Sarasota, FL (1997-2003); Lead pastor at Lindale Mennonite Church, Linville, VA (2003-2017).

Current employment/location (as of 2017): Works at Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton, VA.

Documentation (click on bold print for links): 

Complaint Form Concerning Ministerial Misconduct. Submitted to Ministerial Leadership Committee of Southeast Mennonite Conference, June 19, 2002.

Letter to victim from Ken Nauman (Conference Minister, Southeast Mennonite Conference), August 7, 2002.

Letter to victim from Ken Nauman, March 11, 2003.

"Report cites pastoral protection in Virginia abuse case." Mennonite World Review, January 19, 2017. (http://mennoworld.org/2017/01/19/news/report-cites-pastoral-protection-in-virginia-abuse-case/)

"Conference responds to DSA Report." Virginia Mennonite Conference, February 10, 2017. (https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20170228213535/http://virginiaconference.org/2017/02/vmc-responds-dsa-report/)

"Who protects the flock?" Our Stories Untold, May 8, 2017. (http://www.ourstoriesuntold.com/who-protects-the-flock/)