Earl Zimmerman


Earl Zimmerman began serving as pastor of Daniels Run Peace Church (then Northern Virginia Mennonite Church) in October 2013 after being co-interim pastor for one year.  His previous ministry experience includes the bi-vocational role of lead pastor for the Shalom Mennonite Congregation in Harrisonburg, Virginia, for twelve years while also teaching in the Bible and Religion Department of Eastern Mennonite University for eight years.

Following that service in Virginia, Earl and his wife Ruth served a three-year assignment as the Mennonite Central Committee Regional Representative for India, Nepal, and Afghanistan, based in Kolkata, India. Earl then served as the interim pastor of the Madison Mennonite Church in Madison, Wisconsin, before moving to the Washington, DC area.  Ruth now works in relief and development for South Asia for World Vision from their office in Washington, DC. Earlier in their lives, Earl and Ruth served in the Philippines with Eastern Mennonite Missions for eight years.

Earl is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary (M.A.R.) and the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (M.Div.). He earned his Ph.D. in Religion and Culture from The Catholic University of America; his doctoral dissertation is published as the book: Practicing the Politics of Jesus: The Origin and Significance of John Howard Yoder’s Social Ethics. He recently completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which has given him a rich clinical pastoral experience and a window into the faith and life of people living in the Washington, DC area.

Earl and Ruth are the parents of three adult children, Krista, Stephen, and Sara, and the grandparents of twin grandchildren, Annie and Ivan.

Earl loves the challenge of pastoral ministry in our diverse Fairfax community in the national capital region. You can follow his reflections on his blog at Please contact him if you have questions or would like more information about our church. He can be contacted by calling the church office at 703-359-0990, or by dropping an email message at

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