"A community caring for all God's people,

being transformed by Christ's love,

serving others as a witness of God's grace and peace."


  • We believe in God the Creator of all, who has called forth a people of faith.
  • We believe in Jesus Christ, the Word of God become flesh, crucified and resurrected for us.
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the eternal Spirit of God who dwelled in Jesus Christ, who empowers the church, who is the source of our life in Christ, and who is poured out on those who believe.
  • We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit for instruction and training.
  • We believe that God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.
  • We believe that God has created human beings in his divine image, formed from the dust of the earth and gave them special dignity among the works of creation.
  • We believe that because of sin, all have fallen short of the Creator's intent.
  • We believe that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God offers salvation from sin and a new way of life to all people.
  • We believe that the church is the assembly of those who have accepted God's offer of salvation.  The church is a new community of disciples sent into the world to proclaim the reign of God.
  • We believe that the church is called to proclaim and to be a sign of the kingdom of God.
  • We believe that the baptism of believers with water is a sign of their cleansing from sin.  It is also a pledge before the church of their covenant with God to walk in the way of Jesus.
  • We believe that the Lords' Supper is sign by which the church remembers the new covenant which Jesus established by his death.
  • We believe that Jesus calls us to serve one another in love as he did.
  • We believe that the practice of discipline in the church is a sign of God's offer of forgiveness and transforming grace to believers.
  • We believe that ministry continues the work of Christ who gives gifts through the Holy Spirit to all believers and empowers them for service in the church and world.
  • We believe that the church is one body with many members that may be built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
  • We believe the Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow him.
  • We believe that to be a disciple of Jesus is to know life in the Spirit.
  • We believe that God intends marriage to be a covenant between one man and one woman for life.  We believe that God intends human life to begin in families and to be blessed through families.
  • We commit ourselves to tell the truth, to give a simple yes or no, and to avoid swearing of oaths.
  • We believe that everything belongs to God, who calls us to live as faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted to us.
  • We believe that peace is the will of God.
  • We believe that the church is God's "holy nation" called to give full allegiance to Christ its head and to witness to all nations about God's saving love.
  • We place our hope in the reign of God and in its fulfillment in the day when Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.

Taken from "Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective." 

who are the mennoniteS?

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.

Read more about Bethesda Mennonite Church history.

Bethesda Pastors 1874-Present

Bethesda History 1874-Present