Greeley Mennonite Church (Greeley, Colorado, USA)
Shortly after his arrival to serve as pastor of the Mennonite Church of Greeley in October 1979, John T. Kreider was approached by Gerald Mininger, pastor of the Majestic View Mennonite Church about the prospects of an eventual merger. Majestic View, a former Church of God in Christ Mennonite (Holdeman) congregation which had been established in Greeley in 1968, was received into the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Conference as an associate member in 1978 and as a full member in 1981. This congregation and the Mennonite Church of Greeley conducted a joint Bible School in 1982 and began holding joint worship services in February 1983. The two congregations, each having approximately 45 members, merged in June 1983 to establish the Greeley Mennonite Church. On 5 June Kreider was installed as pastor of the new congregation, and on 30 June "Articles of Consolidation" were signed to complete the organizational merger. The merged congregation began using and continues to use the former Majestic View facility at 4th Avenue and 11th Street, which that congregation had purchased from a Lutheran church in 1969; the former building of the Mennonite Church of Greeley was subsequently sold. During 2006 the Greeley Mennonite Church purchased property in west Greeley.
Under the pastoral leadership of Curt Kuhns, who became pastor on 15 March 2010, the congregation, which then had 57 covenanted members, worked at determining its mission in Greeley. A Spanish language congregation used the church facility three nights per week.
In 2015 the Greeley congregation withdrew from the Mountain States conference.This move was part of a larger realignment of Mennonite congregations in the 2010s that were formerly part of Mennonite Church USA. These congregations were unhappy with Mennonite Church USA's failure to take stronger disciplinary actions against area conferences and congregations who expressed openness to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.
Unrau, Harlan. D. In Pursuit of Land, Health and Mission: A History of Mennonites in the Mountain States Region. Printed in Canada by Blitzprint Inc. 2007.
Zook, Darrell. comp. A 30 Year Story: Mennonite Church of Greeley, 1964 -1983/Majestic View Mennonite, 1968-1983, Greeley Mennonite Church, Est. 1983. Greeley, Colorado: 1994.
Address: 402 11th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80631
Greeley Mennonite Church Pastors
|John T. Kreider||5 June 1983-February 1986|
|Paul Holdeman (Interim)||1 July 1986-30 June 1987|
|Art Zward (Interim)||Fall 1987-Spring 1988|
|Darrel Zook||19 June 1988-26 May 1996|
|Roger Hochstetler (Interim)||4 August 1996-1 June 1997|
|Ron & Char Roth||29 June 1997-31 July 2005|
|Will Schertzer (Interim)||February 2006-Spring 2007|
|Ron Blough||March 2007-22 August 2008 (death)|
|Orlan Koehn (Interim)||1 September 2008-1 March 2010|
|Curt Kuhns||15 March 2010-|
|Date Published||June 2017|
Cite This Article
Unrau, Harlan and Sam Steiner. "Greeley Mennonite Church (Greeley, Colorado, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2017. Web. 25 Jul 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Greeley_Mennonite_Church_(Greeley,_Colorado,_USA)&oldid=148696.
Unrau, Harlan and Sam Steiner. (June 2017). Greeley Mennonite Church (Greeley, Colorado, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Greeley_Mennonite_Church_(Greeley,_Colorado,_USA)&oldid=148696.
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