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PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS

“Christ has made us priests, a chosen and holy people, a people to serve God in love.” ~ Menno Simons, The True Christian Faith, 1556

We center our church life on the belief that we come together as a priesthood of believers. This commitment grows from our Anabaptist roots in the sixteenth-century Radical Reformation. We live this out in community in various ways:

  • In terms of the organization and operation of our church, all congregants are invited to participate in our quarterly Congregational Life Meetings where we make decisions by the consensus of the gathered members.
  • We believe that every person who comes through our doors may minister to our community in some way. We build our worship and fellowship around the people who gather every week, people who share the responsibilities of preaching, song leading, praying, service planning, and scripture reading. God speaks through all of us.
  • As a non-hierarchical community, our pastor is a member of our congregation, a sibling in the faith who serves as an extension of our communal discernment. A committee of elders, who are appointed by the congregation, guide the pastor’s role as a leader in our community.

LEADERSHIP ROLES

Conference minister: Ruth Yoder Wenger

Secretary:

Treasurer: Tim Kennel Shenk

ELDERS

Suzanne Kreps

Paul Ryneski

PASTOR

Jason was ordained, in 2011, by the Mennonite Church, USA. In 2017, he was called to serve as pastor at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship. He earned a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. And currently he is a Doctor of Ministry student at Boston University School of Theology.

He is the husband to Vonetta and father to Chloe and Elgin. Vonetta is founder and executive director of Radical Living, a Brooklyn-based community organization that builds community around food, sustainable practices, and green spaces.

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Jason has spent a decade as the Director of Compassionate Care at The Bowery Mission where he provides pastoral care to the poorest and most vulnerable New Yorkers.

He loves the mystics, the early Mothers and Fathers of the Church, poetry, and music from across faith traditions and cultures. He is author of three books: