Our Pastors

 

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. Our pastoral team has a presence on each of the commissions and relates to individual members and the church as a whole.

Brian Bither 
Pastor of Discipling and Community Life

 

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 the minisry, and he studied religion, philosophy, and Biblical literature in college to better equip himself for it. During that time, he began attending an urban church on the near east side of Indianapolis and ended up serving as a youth pastor there for four years. His experiences at that church were powerful and life-changing, and they challenged him to reexamine the way he understood both the gospel and the world.

 

Brian went to Duke Divinity School in order to deepen his theological understanding. There, he came to appreciate the peace witness and ecclesiological understanding of the Mennonite Church, and he eventually decided that he wanted to join it. When he returned to Indianapolis, he and his wife began attending Shalom Mennonite Church, and they quickly fell in love with it. When a position opened up for an Associate Pastor in 2012, Brian eagerly pursued it. He has been serving the church since 2013, during which time, he and his wife have had two daughters. 

Brian is generally at the office between 10am and 4pm on Mondays, as well as other miscellaneous times throughout the week. If you would like to meet with him, feel free to email him at brian@shalommennonite.com.

Frank Kandel 
Pastor of Administration and Outreach

 

Frank Kandel has been a life-long participant in the Mennonite Church. After retiring from his career as a farm equipment sales person, he studied for and received his Master of Divinity degree from the Associated Mennonite Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.  Since graduating in 2010 he has served in several Mennonite churches as a Transitional Pastor—one who assists congregations in preparing for their next pastor. Frank enjoys leadership and reaching out to those on the margins. Frank and Linda like to spend time with their three grandchildren who live just down the street. You can reach Frank by emailing him at frank@shalommennonite.com

Sabrina Falls
Pastor of Worship

 

Sabrina Falls is a Recorded Friends (Quaker) minister of the Gospel with dual membership among Friends as well as with Shalom Mennonite Church. She was born and raised in New Jersey and in Pittsburgh, PA, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. After moving to Philadelphia, she met her husband David and became a Quaker, having been drawn to their sincere Christian faith and testimonies of peace and simplicity. In Philly, she worked as a paralegal and then joined the staff of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, where she served as a military counselor and editor of the Military Counselor's Manual, as well as bookkeeper.

 

In response to a sense of God's call to ministry, she moved with her husband David and son Michael to Richmond, Indiana to study at the Earlham School of Religion and received her Master of Divinity degree in 1995. Sabrina has served as a pastor for Presbyterian and Quaker congregations as well as a hospital chaplain and itinerant preacher. As a professional harpist she provides music for worship, weddings, memorial services, receptions, and special events and is a Certified Music Practitioner, playing live therapeutic music at the bedside of patients in hospitals, hospices, and homes. The delight of her life are her grandchildren, Caden and Evelyn, who live around the corner from her home. You can reach Sabrina by emailing her at sabrina@shalommennonite.com