“Stories touch us deeply. Listening to someone else’s stories reminds us powerfully that we are not alone,” says Phyllis Pellman Good, moderator of LMHS’s annual Storytelling Night. “Telling stories, and hearing stories from other people’s lives is one of the great human experiences.”
On Monday evening, September 11, Marcella Hostetler and Leonard Dow will share the stage at Stumptown Mennonite Church. Beginning at 7 pm, Hostetler and Dow will each tell seven three- or four-minute-long stories from their lives, alternating throughout the evening.
Hostetler spent the first nine years of her life in Brazil and most of the rest of her childhood in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. After college she lived a year in Germany. She led MCC’s first Youth Discovery Team to Africa. A 1984 graduate of Goshen College, she later completed her master’s in choral conducting and music education at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she graduated with honors in 2004.
She is beginning her tenth year in the LMS music department and has taught music for twenty-seven years. Her passion for music from different cultures has motivated her to travel to South Africa and Brazil with her auditioned choir, Campus Chorale. The favorite part of her job is connecting with students and finding songs that they love.
Dow was reared in Philadelphia and first encountered Mennonites at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, where he was one of thirty black students recruited to integrate the student body. He later went on to attend Eastern Mennonite University, where he still holds basketball records. He also met his wife, Rosalie Rolón, there.
Dow served as pastor at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church for nineteen years and also served as bishop of the Philadelphia district of Lancaster Mennonite Conference. He currently works for Everence Financial in Philadelphia as a stewardship and development specialist. He sees his call as using that role for the benefit of urban churches nationwide.
“Surprising energies often emerge between the two storytellers and what they choose to share with us as the evening unfolds,” says Good. “It’s an event you don’t want to miss!”