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
Tad HitePresident – Town Council
Tad is a lifelong resident of Shipshewana. He is happily married to his wife Megan and has been blessed with 2 sons and a third on the way. Tad comes from a family of entrepreneurs; from grandparents, to aunts/uncles, cousins, parents and siblings. So, it comes as no surprise he has been a local business owner since 2005. When asked what his biggest influence has been, he stated, “..by far, it has been growing up with parents that were both rooted in faith and lead by example.”
Tad had served the town as a firefighter and AEMT on the Shipshewana Fire Department for over 10 years before stepping down to serve on the Town Council in 2017. He had also worked as a full-time medic for almost 8 years, with the last 5 of those in LaGrange County. Currently he is the president and owner of Hite Uniform Co. LLC in LaGrange and serves as a deputy coroner for LaGrange County.
Tad has always felt a duty to serve his community, and has been blessed with a number of opportunities to do so over the years including: The Shed, PCs for Youth as President of the Board of Directors, LaGrange Co. 4-H Fair Association as Fair Board Director, and multiple opportunities through New Life Fellowship Church.
Zachary StoltzfusTown Council
I reside in downtown Shipshewana with my wife Kayla, and our two Great Danes, Sally & Daisy. I work at the Davis Mercantile, which entails managing the building, Lolly’s Fabrics & The Lang Store (retail stores located within the Davis Mercantile). My wife works at Northern Nutrition, located in Shipshewana, as a Natural Health Consultant. When we’re not working, we enjoy walks with the dogs, spending time with family, working out at our local gym, and camping!
I was born and raised in Shipshewana and have never lived outside of the 46565 zip code. I enjoy serving the tax payers of Shipshewana and look forward to contributing to the growth and longevity of this town.
Joshua WeimerVice President – 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 YoderTown Council Member
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.