Mennonites believe in the “priesthood of all believers,” which means that no Christian has a closer connection to God than others by virtue of his or her status and that all Christians must offer one another support and accountability. At the same time, we believe that God calls people into specific leadership roles, which does not elevate them above the community but equips them to serve it. Our church has five commissions that lead the various aspects of our congregational life. Currently, we only have one pastor who relates to all of the commissions, but we will be adding a second pastor to our team in July.
Pastor Brian Bither
Brian grew up on the west side of Indianapolis and became a Christian in the Free Methodist Church. From an early age, he sensed a call to ministry and studied religion, philosophy and Biblical literature in college to better equip himself. During that time, he began attending an urban church on the near east side of Indianapolis and ended up serving as youth pastor there for four years. His experiences at that church were powerful and life-changing and challenged him to reexamine the way he understood both the gospel and the world.
Brian attended Duke Divinity School to deepen his theological understanding. At Duke he came to appreciate the peace witness and ecclesiological understanding of the Mennonite Church and eventually decided that he wanted to join. Upon returning to Indianapolis, he and his wife began attending Shalom Mennonite Church and quickly fell in love with it. When the Associate Pastor position opened up in 2012, Brian eagerly pursued it. He has served the church since 2013 in different pastoral capacities, during which time, he and his wife have had two daughters and a son.
Brian is generally available to meet on Mondays and Fridays, as well as other miscellaneous times throughout the week. However, he is not always in the church building. If you would like to meet with him, feel free to email him at email@example.com.