Mennonite history...

The Mennonites are spiritual descendants of the 16th century Anabaptists, who were radical disciples of Jesus Christ. Rather than appeal solely to church tradition, the Anabaptists sought to restore the church's primary allegiance to the person of Jesus Christ. They were zealous in sharing their faith, demonstrating God's love in daily life, and extending forgiveness to those who persecuted them. Menno Simons was an early prominent leader and eventually the group became known as the "Mennonites."


Currently there are over one million members world-wide. Mennonite beliefs and practices vary, but following Jesus as both Savior and Lord in daily life is a central value, along with peacemaking, reconciliation and extending healing and hope to the broken world in which we live. We know that the work of reconciliation is well beyond our limited human capacity, and is made possible only by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us.


Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, Nebraska, began in 1874, when a large group of Mennonites emigrated from South Russia to settle in America. Religious privileges once granted to them in Russia were being revoked, particularly those beliefs related to pacifism.

Read more about Bethesda Mennonite Church history here.

Pastors

Andrea Wall - March 2009 - Present

Jim Voth - March 2009 - Present

Seth Miller - July 1, 2015 - Present


Benjamin Ratzlaff - 1874

Heinrich Epp - 1874-1882

Isaac Peters - 1875-1882

Gerhard Epp - 1875-1893

Cornelius Wall - 1878-1882

Johann Kliewer - 1878-1883

Peter J. Friesen - 1883-1909

Cornelius Regier - 1883-1885

H.H. Epp - 1883-1924

Jacob Friesen - 1886-1892

Peter H. Pankratz - 1891-1933

Deitrich Peters - 1891-1904

F.G. Pankratz - 1908-1910

H.D. Epp - 1908

Johann F. Epp - 1916-1934

A.W. Friesen - 1916-1947

Johann F. Epp - 1947-1948

Arnold Nickel - 1948-1956

John Thiessen, Interim - 1950 and 1963

Arthur Isaak - 1952-1955

John Gaeddert - 1955-1965

J.R. Duerksen - 1956-1958

Bernard Ratzlaff - 1959 Summer

Paul Isaak - 1959-1965

Walter H. Dyck - 1965-1971

Abraham Krause - 1965-1976

Benjamin Sawatzky - 1972-1979

Mahendra Kumer - 1975 Summer

Waldo Kaufman - 1975-1978

Russell L. Mast - 1977-1979

Ward W. Shelly - 1979-1982

Brian Epp - 1979-1996

Albert H. Epp - 1981-1990

Jason Martin, Interim - 1990 -1992

Joel Schroeder - 1991-2004

John L. Yoder-Schrock - 1992-1999

Marcia Yoder-Schrock - 1992-1999

Weldon Martens - 1995-2010

George Kaufman - 2000- 2007

Jeff Selzer - 2005-2008

Rachel Friesen, Interim - 2007-2008

Cathy Wismer, Lay Minister - 2008-2009

Vernelle Epp, Lay Minister - 2008-2009

Miriam Book, Interim - 2011 – September 23, 2012

James Lapp, Interim - 2011 – September 23, 2012

Sherm Kauffman, Interim - November 5, 2012 – Present (offsite consultant)

Thayne Sparke, Lay Minister - May 15, 2014 - August 15, 2014

Luann Yutzy, Interim - August 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014

      


Bethesda Mennonite Church

930 16th Street PO Box 130

Henderson, NE 68371-0130

402-723-4562