About Us

Our Story

Who We Are…

From 2007 to 2012 we, the Millers, adopted our first three children, a preschooler on the autism spectrum and two babies with Down syndrome. We published our first issue of Plain Values in 2012 to highlight Biblical ministries, share the beauty of adoption, and to cultivate anchored community. In 2018 we welcomed our fourth child in a surprise adoption, this time a baby with Mosaic Down syndrome.

What We Believe…

Our values are plain values, steeped in the rich traditions of yesterday. We enjoy the simple things in life. Gathering eggs from the coop, getting our hands in the dirt to grow food, and cooking meals from scratch. Sometimes we sit around a fire and share life. We strive to walk humbly to strengthen authentic relationships with our families and neighbors. And, yes, we have taken a fresh pie to a front porch and surprised a friend… we didn’t even text them before! We just stopped by, walked up the steps and knocked on the door! Just the way our grandparents used to do on a Sunday evening. They called it living in community.

We seek to serve our neighbors. Plain Values began with a prayer hoping to play a small role in connecting a child with Down syndrome to his or her forever family. We have checked that box nearly a dozen times in the last ten years and we will not stop until the orphanages are empty! We will rest in Heaven!

Family Photo

The family behind it all

Family Photo

Who We Are…

From 2007 to 2012 we, the Millers, adopted our first three children, a preschooler on the autism spectrum and two babies with Down syndrome. We published our first issue of Plain Values in 2012 to highlight Biblical ministries, share the beauty of adoption, and to cultivate anchored community. In 2018 we welcomed our fourth child in a surprise adoption, this time a baby with Mosaic Down syndrome.

What We Believe…

Our values are plain values, steeped in the rich traditions of yesterday. We enjoy the simple things in life. Gathering eggs from the coop, getting our hands in the dirt to grow food, and cooking meals from scratch. Sometimes we sit around a fire and share life. We strive to walk humbly to strengthen authentic relationships with our families and neighbors. And, yes, we have taken a fresh pie to a front porch and surprised a friend… we didn’t even text them before! We just stopped by, walked up the steps and knocked on the door! Just the way our grandparents used to do on a Sunday evening. They called it living in community.

We seek to serve our neighbors. Plain Values began with a prayer hoping to play a small role in connecting a child with Down syndrome to his or her forever family. We have checked that box nearly a dozen times in the last ten years and we will not stop until the orphanages are empty! We will rest in Heaven!

Plain Values - August 2021 - One Man

The Epoch Times

We are so excited to share the story recently written about Marlin and Lisa Miller, founders of Plain Values. The Epoch Times is an international media company.

Meet the Team

Marlin Miller portrait with flyfishing gear and Gear Patrol Magazine in Plain Values Office

Marlin Miller

Publisher

Marlin Miller

Name your favorite food(s)

Sushi, Mexican, and most things my wife makes.

When did you join Plain Values

The beginning. We published our first issue November of 2012.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

I’m a print junkie, so that’s really hard to answer but here goes,

Gear Patrol, Modern Huntsman, Plough and The Flyfish Journal to name a few.

How do you spend your spare time?

Reading and some fishing.

List three bucket list items.
Fly fishing BC steelhead.

Catching Permit in the keys on a fly.

Opening a school for kids with special needs.

Erica Chupp

Bethany Troyer

Accounting / Customer Service

Bethany Troyer

Name your favorite food(s):

My favorite type of food is Chinese.

When did you join Plain Values?  

I became a part of Plain Values in September 2019.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

My favorite magazines are Life Beautiful, Daughters of Promise, and any travel magazines.

How do you spend your spare time? 

Usually my spare time is spent reading or writing, hiking, and spending time with friends.

List three bucket list items.

Three bucket list items of mine are backpack through Europe, scuba dive in the Bali Islands, be all that God has created me to be mentally, spiritually, and physically, and live each day to the fullest.

Isaac Hershberger

Graphic Designer

Isaac Hershberger

Name your favorite food(s)

My favorite type of food is anything Asian, with a particular love for Korean food. My favorite dish is Korean pork tacos with kimchi.

When did you join Plain Values?

I started working for Plain Values in April of 2014.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

My favorite magazine is Sift, published by the makers of King Arthur Flour. I enjoy studying the design and layout of their magazine, plus it makes me hungry for delicious treats. A real win-win.

How do you spend your spare time?

My spare time is split into two categories:  while the kids are awake, and while the kids are asleep. While the kids are awake, they unashamedly occupy all of my spare time. While the kids are asleep, I enjoy watching shows like Friends and The Office with my wife and rooting for the Cleveland Indians with blind hope and optimism.

List three bucket list items.

My top 3 bucket list items are to travel to Asia (mostly for the food), grow old with my wife and raise children who have overcome my short-comings, and never have to mow the lawn again.

Nic Stoltzfus

Editor

Nic Stoltzfus

Name your favorite food(s)

I like gyros, Chinese chicken salad, steak with blue cheese and grilled onions, and BLTs with garden-fresh tomatoes!

When did you join Plain Values?

 Fall 2020.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

I enjoy reading The Historical Review of Berks County, which is our local history magazine.

How do you spend your spare time?

I love reading, walking (city or country), traveling locally and around the world, trying new foods, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering at my church and in my community (especially at the Nicholas Stoltzfus Homestead).

List three bucket list items

  1. I’d like to circumnavigate the globe—train across America, fly to Asia, Transmongolian Railroad to Europe, and take a boat back to America—basically see the world all in one trip.
  2. I have several books that I really want to write; the next on the line-up is a historical novel about the Amish in Berks County in the late 1700s.
  3. I’d like to teach a class again someday.

 

Matt Yoder

Sales Advisor

Matt Yoder

Name your favorite food(s)

That’s tough… I’ll have to break it into categories:

Coffee – Currently, it’s a Maple & Cinnamon Breve from Red Mug.

Pizza – Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza from Park Street Pizza.

Home Cooking – Mexican Chicken & Rice and Cornbread from the wife.

Snack – Yogurt-covered Pretzels from any of our local bulk food stores.

Breakfast – Baked Oatmeal with Yogurt.

When did you join Plain Values?

I remember the first issue I worked on was the September 2017 edition. So, I would have started in July 2017.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

I love what the Eldridge’s are doing in And Sons. It’s one of the coolest mags I’ve seen.

How do you spend your spare time?

I enjoy writing. It’s mostly for my own therapy, but I do occasionally blog.

I also find running to be therapeutic, whether it is chasing my littles through the house or hitting the road.

List three bucket list items.

My current top 3 are…

  1. Write a children’s book.
  2. Run a sub-four-hour marathon.
  3. Snowboard an actual Mountain. Any will do. Ohio Bunny slopes do not suffice.

Aaron Stutzman

Sales Advisor

Aaron Stutzman

Name your favorite food(s)

My favorite food is beef or chicken, and any fresh food out of the garden, especially cooked by my wife.

When did you join Plain Values

I started working with Plain Values towards the end of July in 2020.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

I enjoy browsing the Western Horseman magazine.

How do you spend your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing music, and riding horses.

List three bucket list items.

Three things on my bucket list are…

  1. Finish my home studio.
  2. Someday have a family band.
  3. Take a trip out west with my family.
Landon Troyer

Landon Troyer

Media / Photographer

Landon Troyer

Name your favorite food(s)

I would have to say that my favorite food is a steak or lamb kebab.

When did you join Plain Values

If my memory serves me correctly, I started in November of 2017.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

Since I started working at Plain Values I have found a renewed interest in reading books and magazines. My current favorite magazine is Modern Huntsman. They have great editorial and even better images.

How do you spend your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, fishing, and photographing wildlife. Mostly anything that gets me outdoors and into nature. My wife Jess and I love to travel when possible.

List three bucket list items.

My bucket list items all tend to focus on travel destinations. Find my current top three listed below.

  1. Multi-day canoe trip in Algonquin Park, Canada.
  2. 1-2 week hiking trip in Alaska.
  3. Drive the Trans-American Highway through Central America.
Jan Schlabach with castiron pot and cooking magazine smiling in Plain Values office.

Jan Schlabach

Customer Service

Jan Schlabach

Name your favorite food(s)

My favorite food is Haitian rice & beans.

When did you join Plain Values

I joined Plain Values in April of 2020.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

One of my favorite magazines is Table.

How do you spend your spare time?

I love spending my spare time with my friends and family, hanging out at local coffee shops, trying new restaurants, and having great conversations.

List three bucket list items.

Three things on my bucket list are traveling to India, skydiving, and spreading the light of God’s love to all those around me.

Sabrina holding a baking magazine and a plate of cookies with three hands reaching towards the plate.

Sabrina Schlabach

Quality Assurance

Sabrina Schlabach

Name your favorite food(s)

I love trying new things so it’s hard to narrow it down, but I really enjoy sushi and BBQ.

When did you join Plain Values

October 2021

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

It’s probably a tie between Taste of Home and Reader’s Digest.

How do you spend your spare time?

Reading, baking, and spending time with my family and friends.

List three bucket list items.

Hmm…never really thought about it before. I’d really like to do some more traveling, help my husband build a little cabin for ourselves, and create my own recipe book.

Seth Yoder

Graphic Designer

Seth Yoder

Name your favorite food(s)

Chicken bacon ranch pizza is definitely in the top spot. I do, however, enjoy any pizza (except plain cheese—blah).

When did you join Plain Values

I began working part-time for Plain Values in May of 2016 and switched to full-time work in January of 2017.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

More appropriately, “What magazine covers do you most often glance at?” I rarely browse magazines, but when I do, it’s probably Quality Whitetails, or the local newspaper (Does that count?).

How do you spend your spare time?

My current largest spare-time endeavor is producing a cappella music on YouTube (Just search Seth Yoder). Did I just… Was that a plug? Huh. Oh well. A close second is roundnet (a.k.a. spikeball). Spending an evening with family is also high on my list of enjoyed activities, as is deer hunting.

List three bucket list items.

I’ve never created a bucket list, so maybe that should be my first bucket list item:

  1. Create a bucket list
  2. Visit the Holy Lands
  3. Reach 100,000 subscribers on YouTube
  4. And number four, since the first item was kinda lame: Collaborate with a famous musician.

Kevin

UPS Delivery

Kevin

No this isn’t Burt Reynolds. And no this isn’t Santa, though he does have knack for surprising us with packages and spreading joy wherever he goes. This is Kevin. Our UPS man. Our hero. Rain, sleet, snow, or shine, Kevin delivers our magazines and more day after day. But even in his haste to do so, you can’t wipe that smile off his face. Thanks Kevin for all you do and thanks for letting us capture that smile in a photo.

Mocca "Mo" Master

CEO (Chief Energy Officer)

Mocha “Mo” Master

 

Name your favorite food(s)

I enjoy most cookies but I’m inclined to choose Tim-Tams as my favorite.

When did you join Plain Values

I’ve been serving this team since 2018.

What magazine do you most often browse/read?

I have always bean particular to Roast Magazine.

How do you spend your spare time?

I like staying up late. I like rising early. I like steaming up a pair of clean glasses on a cold day. I love Tim-Tam-Team-Time.

List three bucket list items.

  1. To brew a cup of the most expensive and most extravagant coffee in the world–Kopi luwak
  2. To visit the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans.
  3. To brew a cup of coffee for someone famous. Perhaps an award winning musical artist or a best-selling author. Or both…

 

More about us

We work in a pre-Civil War stone house. It was renovated in the early 2000s and became our office in 2014. If you ever wanted to—you know, bring us donuts or something, this is where you can find us. If you stop in (even without a treat in hand), we would love to show you around!

1840s era stone building in downtown Winesburg, Ohio. Offices for Plain Values Magazine and Room to Bloom.

More about us

We work in a pre-Civil War stone house. It was renovated in the early 2000s and became our office in 2014. If you ever wanted to—you know, bring us donuts or something, this is where you can find us. If you stop in (even without a treat in hand), we would love to show you around!

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