God calls us into a community of faith
forms us into disciples
sends us into the world.
We are called to
- worship, responding to God’s love and faithfulness with prayer and praise.
- discover and use the gifts the Spirit has graciously given us, offering them
for the work of the church and the care of creation.
- nurture our faith through Bible study and dialogue, building up the
congregation into maturity in Christ.
- community life, fostering the unity of the Spirit as we build trust and a sense of belonging through fellowship and mutual care.
- service in the name of Christ, seeking to practice justice and mercy with each other and with neighbors near and far.
- witness to God’s love with our attitudes, actions, and words, reaching out to friends, strangers, and even enemies with God’s good news.
The congregation is led by the Pastoral Leadership Team and Church Council. The Pastoral Leadership Team provides spiritual and program leadership to the congregation through the pastors and chairs of the Worship, Nurture, Community Life, and Service & Witness ministries. The Church Council provides spiritual and administrative leadership to the congregation through the congregational chair, pastors, secretary, treasurer, and chairs of the Gifts, Physical Facilities, and Finance ministires and chair of the Pastoral Congregational Relations Committee.
The co-pastors are Brenda Hostetler Meyer and Douglas Hostetler Kaufman. They have served as a team since 2000. Brenda began with another pastoral team in 1997. Brenda was a member of the congregation when she was called as a pastor here and Doug was raised and baptized at Benton, but had been absent for about 10 years when he returned to become pastor. He previously served as a pastor in Inglewood, California; South Bend, Indiana; and Leola, Pennsylvania. They are both graduates of Goshen College (Indiana) and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana), though Doug was also educated at Fuller Theological Seminary (Passadena, California). Brenda is married to Rich and has three sons. Doug is married to Jill and has three sons who are all still at home.
We commit ourselves as members of the Benton Mennonite Church to participate in the community of faith that Jesus established. We will gather regularly for worship. By the strength and abilities that come from God’s Spirit we will nurture and care for each other in Bible study, in making decisions, in fellowship and in praying for each other.
We commit ourselves to be accountable to and for each other in this congregation. We seek to bring healing, fairness, truthfulness and love to all our relationships. When misunderstandings or disagreements occur, we will speak to each other, not about each other.
We commit ourselves to promote the local and worldwide community of faith by our participation, our prayers and our finances. We will be especially responsible to share the good news of God’s love in the local community and with others with whom we relate.
Statement of Faith
As a community of faith, together we believe…
…in God as revealed in the Scriptures and in the person and work of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
…in salvation by grace made available by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
…in one baptism upon turning from sin and for initiation into the church of Christ.
…in the indwelling presence of God’s Holy Spirit who empowers the church with spiritual gifts.
…we are called to follow Christ in the way of peace with others and therefore we seek peace, fairness and love for all people.
…in the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge both the living and the dead, and receive His followers into the age to come.
To learn more about Mennonites, visit this brief introduction. Learn more about Mennonites beliefs by reading the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective on the web or as a booklet available from MennoMedia, the media agency of Mennonite Church USA.