Born to Naomi (Kauffman) and John Lederach, John Paul spent his early years living in the home adjacent to the Kropf Heritage Center on South Whiskey Hill Road and playing with friends along Rock Creek. His father, John Lederach, was the first full time pastor of Zion Mennonite Church and the family moved to Goshen, Indiana where he attended Mennonite Biblical Seminary. John Paul attended Eastern Mennonite University and later became the co-founder and first director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peace building, and has recently been announced the 2019 recipient of the Niwano Foundation Peace Prize. He is currently senior fellow with Humanity United, and will be honored at a May 8 ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. We congratulate John Paul on this well deserved award. He exemplifies the core beliefs and highest values of our church. (Photo courtesy of the Kroc Institute) You may Read more here.
Related documents:
Niwano Peace Foundation Acceptance Letter, January 15, 2019
Niwano Peace Foundation Press Release, February 18, 2019
Zenit Staff Award Announcement, February 18, 2019
Eastern Mennonite University Award Announcement, February 19, 2019
Kroc Center Announcement, February 19, 2019