Our Search Committee, composed of faculty and school administration representatives, performed a rigorous and thorough process to solicit and interview candidates for the Assistant Superintendent role. We had a very competitive, qualified pool of candidates. 

It is our great joy to announce that Philip Warner has accepted the offer to become the new Assistant Superintendent of Lancaster Mennonite School. His official first day in the role is July 1, 2024. 

Philip worked as the Co-Superintendent at Alliance Christian School District in Reading, PA, and spent the past 20 years in education and educational leadership. He has led curriculum development in his district for over ten years, helped to integrate restorative justice models into school classrooms, and has led many restorative meetings with staff, parents, and students. He has guided his previous school through accreditation and served on numerous accreditation teams. He has run HR in his school system for the last 11 years. Prior to working in administration, he served in many roles, including as a K-12 music and Bible teacher, drama director, and IT support. Philip has his Masters in Education from Liberty University, undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University, and his Pennsylvania K-12 Teaching Certificate and Principal Certification. 

Philip’s wife, Carrie (Denlinger) Warner ‘99 is an alumna, and comes from a long line of LM alumni, including her grandfather Elvin Denlinger ‘44 who was a student the year LM first opened in 1942. They have five children, ages seven to twelve years old, including two sets of twins. They attend Reading City Church. In his leisure time Philip enjoys running, reading, baking, singing in and leading choirs, dramatic arts, and gardening.

Philip shares, “I have a passion for helping students grow. I believe a thoughtfully designed curriculum, mentoring and shepherding teachers, and a school community with intentional spiritual formation are the critical components for a healthy and thriving school. I’m excited to do this work at Lancaster Mennonite, in an Anabaptist educational community, and to join alongside dedicated faculty and staff doing great work at the school.”

“We are excited about the depth of experience and knowledge Phil will bring to the Assistant Superintendent role at LM. He has a deep passion for Christ-centered education, values Anabaptist teachings, restorative justice, and is a servant-leader,” said Dr. Michael Badriaki, LM Superintendent. 

Please join us in warmly welcoming Mr. Warner into this new position.