On August 11, 2019, Jesse Engle was installed as the Pastor of Worship, Outreach, and Administration at Hesston Mennonite Church. Jesse is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary and has served as pastor at Aurora Mennonite Church, Aurora, Ohio, for seven years and West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio, for ten years. Prior to that Jesse was an elementary school teacher. Jesse served as a co-pastor with his wife Naomi at West Clinton until her death, January 1, 2017. Key to his relocation to Kansas was his recent marriage to Kendra Neufeld whose husband Russ had died of cancer on January 21, 2017. Interestingly, they found a house on Lover’s Lane in Newton.
Iglesia Menonita Nuevo Amanecer, the newest addition to the UCIM District, will soon celebrate the first baptisms in its short history. Pastor Maria Elena Bennett, who will shortly be Ordained, reported this last Wednesday that four persons have finished discipling classes, including two young people ages 18 and 20. The other two are two ladies that are new to the congregation. The church is vibrant and exciting with a prayer group that visits homes and just prays. They have another team that visit and prays for the ill while in the hospital. We congratulate this congregation and wish it the best.
Jack Norris was installed as the new pastor of Inman Mennonite Church on September 15 by Regional Conference Minister, Clarence Rempel. Jack has served pastorates in Clinton, Oklahoma, and Julesburg, Colorado, after completing a Christian Ministries degree with Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas. He is continuing online studies with Colorado Theological Seminary. Jack and his wife, Mary, and their high school senior, Derrick, currently live in Hutchinson but plan to relocate to the parsonage in Inman. Before pastoring and temporarily for the past year, Jack was employed as an engineer with Haven Steel Products, Haven, Kansas.
Kevin Santiago was installed as the new pastor at Peace Mennonite Community Church, Aurora, CO on August 25, 2019, by Clarence Rempel, Regional Conference Minister. The service included Kevin’s licensing towards ordination. Kevin and his wife MaCayla and their infant son, Theodore, moved from Palm City, Florida, where Kevin was the Pastor of Missions and Youth at the Palm City New Hope congregation. Kevin is a graduate of Denver Seminary and feels a particular call to serve in the increasingly secularized environment of the Denver Metro area. He and his wife MaCayla enjoy the outdoor culture in Colorado of hiking, biking and running. For more information about Kevin and his interest in Christian apologetics go to his website http://www.christianguard.com/about-2/