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.

Search for new member of Pastoral Team:

 

Shalom Mennonite Church, a vibrant, multicultural, urban Anabaptist church seeks a 0.5-0.75 FTE associate pastor to join our pastoral team. This congregation of over 100 is a member of Indiana-Michigan Conference. The focus for this position will be on spiritual development, counseling/pastoral care and peace/justice. El dominio del español sería una ventaja. This part-time position does include benefits, including health insurance. Indianapolis is a city with employment opportunities for a bi-vocational pastor and educational, cultural and social opportunities for adults and children. Email search@shalommennonite.com for more information. 

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.