Our mission is to use the Holy Spirit’s power to create an inviting community with persons who want to live as followers of Jesus Christ.
We are part of the broader Anabaptist movement. At the core of this movement is the placing of Jesus at the center of our understanding of the Christian faith. A full description of our beliefs can be found by referencing the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective [via Mennonite Church USA].
As a congregation, our values help shape and guide us as we live out our faith together.
We are led by many different people with many different gifts and talents. Highlighted below are a few of those individuals.
LEAD PASTOR - PASTOR@CANTONFIRSTMENNONITE.ORG
Sean began serving as the lead pastor of First Mennonite in July 2016, when he and his wife, Ally, moved to Canton. Born and raised in northern Indiana, he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in ministry from Bethel College (IN). He loves all things Notre Dame football, coffee, and theology.
CHURCH SECRETARY - Oversees and prepares church bulletins, monthly calendars, and church-wide emails.
ELDER TEAM - Our elder team oversees the mission, vision, and pastoral care of our church.
- Celia King [Co-Chair]
- Kat Gritter [Co-Chair]
- Andy Reynolds
- Darin Nissley
- Ramona Nissley
- Maynard Hershberger
CHURCH COUNCIL - Our church council is made up of representatives from our various commissions, each responsible for specific areas within our church.
- Leora Troyer [Council Chair]
- Bob Bowen [Vice Chair]
- Terry Miller [Secretary]
- Sher Byler [Finace/Treasurer]
- Bob Troyer [Formation]
- Mike Thompson [Properties]
- Maynard Hershberger [Elders]
- Sean Swanson [Pastor]
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