The Shipshewana Town Council is a five-member council. The council members serve four year terms, which are staggered. Town Council members may serve multiple terms; there are no term limits
Shipshewana Town Council
Joshua WeimerPresident – Town Council
Josh is currently serving his first term as councilman for the Town of Shipshewana. He’s motivated to grow Shipshewana, and contributes energy, focus, and drive towards that overall goal every day. Josh works for FinishWorks employed as Process Coordinator. He and his wife Jen have lived in Shipshewana since getting married 11 years ago and have 3 children.
Christine YoderVice-President Town Council
Taught at a young age that civic duty was everyone’s responsibility Christine has dedicated her most of her adult life to community service. A wife, mother to four birth children and seven fosters and two of the cutest twin grandsons you have ever seen she believes Shipshewana is the best place ever to raise a family.
Lifelong learning is built into her soul. She endeavors to learning something new every year. She holds certifications in NIMS incident command and management as well as attending the Global Leadership conference annually. As the county event lead for Relay for Life she leads with passion and is an advocate for cancer patients in need or services.
Her free time finds her outdoors. Kayaking, sailing, camping and adventure games keeps her heart happy.
Lynn BontragerTown Council Member
Lynn Bontrager served on the Shipshewana Town Council from 2011 through 2018.
She has begun another 4 year term from 2021 thru 2024. She has served on the Park Board during all terms as well.
She is married to Mike Bontrager and has lived in Shipshewana since their marriage in 1979. They have 2 grown sons and 3 grandchildren.
Ben BennettTown Council Member
My name is Ben Bennett, I was born in Lagrange IN in 1983 and have spent my entire life in the Shipshewana area. I graduated from Westview High School in 2002. On August 18th, 2004, I married Jayme Bennett (Rainsberger) and together we have 3 wonderful kids, Landon, Lily, and Lexy. I enjoy hiking, traveling, and learning History.
Whitney RahnTown Council Member
Whitney has a passion to lead and serve. She is a lifelong resident of west LaGrange County, raised south of Shipshewana in Topeka, Indiana. She graduated from Westview High School where she was involved in athletics, the music department, not for profit organizations, and academic societies. She pursued further studies in college, graduating from IPFW with a degree in Speech and Audiology and then from Western Kentucky with a Master’s in Communication Disorders. She married Jason Rahn, and they reside in the heart of Shipshewana with their three children. Whitney works as a Speech Pathologist for the Westview School Corporation, and values youth and community development. She and Jason enjoy serving in their church, in the schools, and through youth athletics.