Brethren Volunteer Service

Brethren Volunteer Service is a full time volunteer program that places volunteers in a one or two year long assignment in the United States and some locations around the world. This ministry of the Church of the Brethren has been a major program in this Christian denomination since 1948.

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Upcoming Orientation Units

Unit #322 (Summer)

Dates: July 21 - August 9, 2019
Location: Camp Inspiration Hills, Burbank, Ohio
Applications due 6/7

Unit #323 (BRF)

Dates: August 18 - 26, 2019
Location: Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA
Applications due 7/5

Unit #324 (Fall)

Dates: September 22 - October 11, 2019
Location: Camp Emmaus, Mount Morris, Illinois
Applications due 8/9



BVS updates

Emily Tyler begins as director of Brethren Volunteer Service
(February 7, 2019)
Emily Tyler started a new position as director of Brethren Volunteer Service on Feb. 4. She continues to work out of the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., where she has been coordinator for BVS recruitment and the Workcamp Ministry for more than six years, since June 27, 2012. BVS is located within the denomination’s Global Mission and Service program.


Conference examines Native American boarding school history
(November 16, 2018)
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition on Oct. 2-3 held their first-ever boarding school healing conference, called “The Spirit Survives: A National Movement Toward Healing.”


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