Herman Bontrager grew up in a Beachy Amish home in Indiana. He received his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida. As secretary of the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom he has worked with Amish on a variety of religious liberty and other legal matters affecting the Amish. He served 14 years with Mennonite Central Committee as Director of Latin America programs and the International Peace Office. Since 1990 he is CEO of Goodville Mutual Casualty Company in New Holland, Pennsylvania.