About Us

Our Mission

Frederick CoB group shot at BDM project in Prattsville, NY.
Photo by Tim Sheaffer

Inspired by Jesus, Brethren Disaster Ministries focuses on rebuilding homes, caring for children, and providing international relief by engaging our volunteers, supporters, and partners to serve communities recovering from disaster.

Our Programs

Brethren Disaster Ministries engages a network of volunteers to repair or rebuild damaged homes for disaster survivors who lack sufficient resources to hire a contractor or other paid labor.  BDM’s goal is to ease the trauma and foster recovery in disaster-stricken communities across the United States.

Children’s Disaster Services meets the needs of children impacted by disaster by setting up temporary child care centers and using therapeutic activities and toys that stimulate imaginative play. Specially trained and certified volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence for children, as well as individualized consultation for parents about their child’s unique emotional needs.

BDM also restores hope for countless of the most vulnerable disaster survivors around the world by supporting coordinated disaster relief efforts, mostly through faith-based international partners, wherever disaster strikes.


Read more about our program background and history.

Disaster response guidelines (PDF)

Brethren Disaster Ministries Staff

Roy Winter, Associate Executive Director Global Mission and Service, Brethren Disaster Ministries 1-800-451-4407 ext. 748; BDM@brethren.org

Jenn Dorsch-Messler, Director, Brethren Disaster Ministries 1-800-451-4407 ext. 737 BDM@brethren.org

Lisa Crouch, Associate Director, Children’s Disaster Services 1-800-451-4407 ext. 734 CDS@brethren.org

Sharon Franzén, Office Manager, Brethren Disaster Ministries 1-800-457-4407 ext. 731 BDM@brethren.org

Terry Goodger, Rebuild Program Assistant, Brethren Disaster Ministries 1-800-457-4407 ext. 730 BDM@brethren.org

Sherry Chastain, Program Assistant, Children’s Disaster Services 1-800-451-4407 ext. 735 CDS@brethren.org