We strive to live
How Jesus lived
We are a distinctively Anabaptist church in Chicago’s western suburbs where people from diverse backgrounds are called to faith in Jesus Christ and enfolded in a worshiping community of disciples.
We strive to live as Jesus lived, with his special concern for the poor, the marginalized, and the “other.” With our lives and our actions, we hope to share Christ’s message of peace and reconciliation with the world.
We practice yearly covenant membership, around the affirmation of these five core values:
- Affirm that Jesus Christ is Lord.
- Affirm that we are prayerfully seeking the Holy Spirit’s ongoing guidance.
- Affirm the practice of believers baptism.
- Affirm that the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective is our confession.
- Affirm that Scripture is authoritative, while recognizing differences in interpretation.
The Lombard Mennonite Church, an Anabaptist-Mennonite congregation in the western Chicago suburbs, is called to witness to and embody the transforming power of the gospel and the reign of God in all areas of life. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we aim to integrate being and doing, discipleship and spirituality by engaging in proclamation and service, worship and outreach, evangelism and social concern, peacemaking and justice. We strive to be a faith community of healing, hope, and hospitality which welcomes Mennonites, other Christians interested in Anabaptism, and all people seeking for God and a spiritual home.
Adopted on October 17, 1999.
- a discipling church that nurtures our children, youth, and adults in Scripture, and equips them to become lifelong followers of Jesus Christ, growing in love for God, neighbors, and self (Matthew 28: 19-20)
- a witnessing church that embodies and shares Christ’s global message of forgiveness, peacemaking, and reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5: 18-20)
- a worshiping church that delights in praising God through music and song, service and work, and every other part of our lives (Colossians 3: 16-17)
- a welcoming church that generously extends hospitality to newcomers and makes our facilities available throughout the week for local ministries (Romans 15: 7)
- a community-building church that works intentionally to deepen loving and accountable relationships among our dispersed attenders (Acts 2: 46-47)
- a discerning church that prayerfully seeks God’s will for us corporately and individually (Romans 12: 1-2)
- a sending church committed to planting or supporting other congregations and equipping our young people and others for service and ministry beyond our congregation (Philippians 4: 15-16)
Adopted on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2005.
The Ministry Team is the leadership body of our church, overseeing the day-to-day life and spiritual care of the congregation. Current members are: Cynthia Kimball (Moderator Co-Chair); Jeff Yoder (Administrative Co-Chair); Don & Jan Rheinheimer (Pastors); Hillary Watson (Pastor); Pam Eiten (Lay Minister of Community Life); Melissa Miller (Lay Minister of Education); Dave Martin (Lay Minister of Mission); and Shawn Rodriguez (Lay Minister of Worship).
Don serves as pastoral team leader with primary ministries in preaching, teaching, worship, and administration. He and Jan have shared a full-time pastoral position at LMC since August 2013. Don received his Master of Divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. His long career in ministry has included pastorates and co-pastorates in Texas, Colorado, and Illinois, and serving with Jan in Ecuador with Mennonite Mission Network. Don enjoys biking and photography in his spare time.
Jan shares a full-time pastoral position with Don, with primary ministries in pastoral care, community life, and spiritual direction. She received her spiritual direction training with the Oblates in Texas and the Benedictines in Colorado. Over her long career, Jan has co-pastored churches in Colorado and Illinois with Don, and facilitated numerous women’s faith development and healing groups. In her spare time, Jan enjoys reading and working on women’s issues.
Hillary came to LMC in September 2013. Her primary ministries as associate pastor include Christian formation, outreach, preaching, and youth programming. Hillary holds a Master’s of Divinity from Emory University. She has previously lived in Seattle; Goshen, IN; Atlanta; and Washington, DC. Her passions include vegetarian, vegan, and dietary restricted cooking; prairie ecology; urbanization and creating sustainable suburbs; and performance poetry. She is a member of the Prairie Food Co-Op and blogs regularly at GatheringtheStones.com.
Katharine serves as our office manager. She's been at LMC since 2004.
Mennonites are a Christian denomination and part of the historic peace church movement. We have a strong sense of community; seek simplicity in our lifestyles; emphasize Jesus’ message of peace; witness to creative nonviolence in a corrupt world; strive to hold each other accountable to shared values; and love to sing in four-part harmony.
Mennonites are named after Menno Simons, an early leader in the movement. Mennonites are one part of the Anabaptist movement, the radical branch of the 16th-century European reformation. The name Anabaptist, meaning “re-baptizers,” comes from the belief that baptism is a significant step of faith, and should be chosen by believers when they are ready to choose. Our biggest focus is integrating faith (believing in Jesus) and practice (following Jesus in our actions).
Mennonites today are Christians who:
- strive to follow the example and teachings of Jesus in daily life
- give our allegiance to Jesus, not to a particular nation, clan, or region
- see the church as a visible community for mutual support and accountability
- read and interpret the scriptures in community
- believe the heart of the gospel is a ministry of reconciliation
- engage in active peacemaking and witness to nonviolence
- serve others as a witness to God's love for the world
- value low-impact simple living
- believe in caring for creation
- are committed to becoming an anti-racist church
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