Meet Our Pastors
Ron and Char Roth began as co-pastors at Marion Mennonite Church in January of 2006. Ron and Char both grew up in Iowa where they owned and operated three businesses, raised three sons and were active participants at Washington Mennonite Church in Washington, Iowa. Ron and Char’s three sons are now married and each has two children.
After their youngest son graduated from high school, they answered God’s call to pursue formal ministry in 1994 at Hesston College in the Pastoral Ministries Program. After graduating with an Associates of Arts Degree, their first pastorate was in Greeley, Colorado at Greeley Mennonite Church for 8 years. Ron graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree from Colorado Christian University and entered Denver Seminary to work on his Master’s Degree. Char graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts Degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. Char has earned her License in Marriage and Family Therapy and has her own practice known as Renew Hope Counseling, Inc.
Joseph Raber joined the ministerial team in 2017 as an Associate Pastor. He began to feel the call to preach three years ago as he finished his Master’s Degree in Biology. God had different, much better, plans for his life than he did. He began to fill the pulpit intermittently and the call became clear. The church has graciously encouraged him to grow and explore this calling as he pursues seminary.
He and his wife, Melissa, grew up in the Shipshewana area and are High School sweethearts. They attended Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated in 2012. After returning back to their hometown, they have been active in the church in many aspects over the last six years, specifically (although they have been full-time attendees for the last ten years). Joseph teaches at Clinton Christian School. They have four children Adelynn, Lucas, Asher and their newest edition, newborn, Eli.
This is who we are.
We’re a church that loves people.
As evidenced by our home-like atmosphere, we’re a church that loves one another. We actively pursue relationship with each other by participating in Bible Studies led by Pastor Joseph, game nights led by the nurture commission and hymn sings led by the worship commission. We also love to love on those outside of our walls by supporting local entities like Agape House, Elijah Haven, and the LaGrange County Food Pantry through our yearly pancake breakfast and other fundraisers throughout the year.
We’re a church that mends people.
We offer assistance to those in crisis through counseling and care groups, led by Char Roth. Loss is a part of everyone’s lives and, we feel, it is important that the church be available to support those in their time of greatest need. To fill that need, Char started “Grief Share” where people can gather together with others going through similar heartache and begin to heal.
We’re a church that feeds people.
Whether it’s a carry-in lunch at church or a home cooked meal brought to a church member in need, we love food and the fellowship that happens when you gather with your fellow believers. We have a carry-ins regularly at church and if you happen to stop by on the day of, we expect you to stay, whether you brought anything or not, rest assured, we have plenty!
We’re a church that helps people.
One of the best things about our giving is the “Alms Fund”. This is a fund we can give to that is then utilized to help those in need. You can also find many of our people out at “work days” on a Saturday, helping out one another and those in the community, be it to rake leaves or put on a new roof. We believe that helping one another through service is one way we can show Christ’s love, in a tangible way.
This is what we believe.
We believe that God is real.
God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.
Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. (15) But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Psalm 86:8-10 & 15
We believe that the Church is meant to help others.
The church, as a body of believers in Christ, through Christ, for Christ; work together in love to build one another up and preach His gospel to everyone. Through the spreading of the word and the encouragement between believers, we help one another grow and mature in our faith, becoming more Christ like in our lives.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s son.
The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of god, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus…
1 Timothy 2:5
Jesus is both fully human and fully God. He must be fully human so that in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.
For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
He must also be fully God so that because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.
But God raised him from the dead,(A) freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
We believe that God loves us.
God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
We believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and is good for teaching, correction and training, so that we, who are God’s, may by complete and made ready to do good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17