Mission & Meaning


MISSION of Maranatha Productions:

To bring the SCRIPTURES and their messages to life through DRAMA!

Founded in 1969, Maranatha Productions continues to perform dramas based on Biblical accounts, stories of faith-based lives, and treasured classics. A repertoire of dramas is offered with most of them written especially for this nonprofit educational theater and production company. Maranatha brings their live productions to churches, schools, retirement communities, camps, campmeetings, community organizations, and businesses. Through the years Maranatha’s drama teams have traveled throughout the United States and in many countries abroad to provide live inspirational and entertaining productions for people of all ages.

The trademark of Maranatha’s performances is interaction with the audience along with spontaneous audience participation to complete the cast, thus making the drama real and the impact lasting. Hundreds of actors have shared their talents with the drama ministry and have grown in their performance skills while imparting inspirational messages to thousands of people. Maranatha drama teams look forward to returning to venues that have hosted Maranatha numerous times and are always excited about visiting new venues to share Biblical truths through live drama.

Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Maranatha Productions uses many original scripts written by the late Dan Neidermyer, one of the founders and the Executive Producer for many years. His widow Lois now serves as the Executive Director and writer of scripts for new productions. Currently Maranatha schedules performances throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states.


MEANING of the word Maranatha:

Maranatha is an Aramaic phrase which means “our Lord is coming.”  Early Christians would say “Maranatha” to each other as a greeting, just as people say “hello” to each other today.  When the Lord Jesus was here on earth, before He ascended into heaven, He promised that He would “come again.”  This was the hope of the early Christians and is the promised hope of Christians today.  The word Maranatha is found in I Corinthians 16:22 in the King James Version of the Bible.

The word Maranatha can also mean, “Joyfully proclaim the coming of the Lord.”  The people associated with Maranatha Productions, Inc., have come to embrace the term as “Give joy through your work until the Lord comes again.”