Relying on the Spirit, we will love as Jesus loves, pursuing God’s peace at the river and at the table.
Living into this vision, we prioritize relationships
- in worship that fosters trust and gratitude
- by using language that stretches us to see God’s image in all
with each other
- in table fellowship and shared leadership
- by speaking directly to and not about each other
with neighbors near and far
- in witnessing to God’s mercy and welcome
- by building peace with justice
with the earth
- in caring for creation as creation cares for us
- by enjoying and participating in creativity and beauty
Believing that the image of God is found in every person, we commit ourselves to welcome as full participants in our congregational life people of any age, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and ability. This commitment means increasing our awareness of power and privilege as we stretch ourselves to become more inclusive and loving in all our relationships
The congregation is led by the Pastoral Team and Church Board. The Pastoral Team members work with the co-pilots of our four ships, Fellowship, Worship, Discipleship, and Stewardship, to provide spiritual growth for the congregation in living into our vison. The Church Board provides overall leadership to the congregation by holding the pastoral team and others accountable to our vision.
Brenda Hostetler Meyer and Douglas Day Kaufman serve as co-pastors on the pastoral team with several others. They have served as a team since 2000. Brenda was a member of the congregation when she was called and began serving on a pastoral team here in 1996. Doug was raised and baptized at Benton, but had served as a pastor in Inglewood, California; South Bend, Indiana; and Leola, Pennsylvania before returning here in 2000. Brenda and Doug are both graduates of Goshen College (Indiana) and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana). Doug also attended Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California). Brenda is married to Rich and they have three adult children and four grandchildren. Doug has three young adult sons.
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.