MEDA and Everence join to create memorable international experiences

New partnership honors Everence employee

May 5, 2016


HARRISBURG, Pa. – In an effort to bring together their shared values and commitments, MEDA - Mennonite Economic Development Associates – and Everence® are proud to announce a new partnership that enables the Everence Advisor of the Year award winner to visit a MEDA project in a developing country.

Matt Novak, CFA®, Everence Financial Advisor from Souderton, Pennsylvania, was recognized as the Advisor of the Year at the 2016 Everence National Conference in April. As part of the honor, Novak will have the opportunity to participate in an upcoming MEDA Field Experience trip to Nicaragua, to view firsthand the ways Everence members can help create business solutions to poverty.

“We’re excited about partnering with Everence to promote opportunities for advisors to see MEDA projects,” said Dave Warren, Chief Engagement Officer at MEDA. “I’m really impressed that Everence has invested in the professional growth and development of their employees.”

“The close relationship between Everence and MEDA is natural in a number of ways,” added Ken Hochstetler, President and CEO of Everence. “Members of both our organizations are interested in living out their faith and values in tangible ways that make an impact. We are glad to further deepen this commitment together.”

MEDA Field Experience trips allow supporters to witness how MEDA is working to create opportunities for people living in poverty around the world. The Field Experience trip to Nicaragua will feature visits to MiCredito, a MEDA-founded microfinance institution, and its clients throughout the country.


For more information, please contact:

Linda Whitmore

Ethan Eshbach 

About Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals, we partner with the poor to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions around the world. Our expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, improved technology, business training, better access to markets and equity investment. Our work most often focuses on women, youth and the rural poor. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty.

About Everence

Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education. Everence is a ministry of Mennonite Church USA and other churches. To learn more, visit or call (800) 348-7468.

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