Rochester Mennonite Church is a congregation affiliated with the Central Plains Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. We are a Historic Peace Church (includes Mennonites, Church of the Brethren and Religious Society of Friends/Quakers) with a 480-year tradition of peace living and peacemaking. We value our Anabaptist heritage, and seek to live it in our daily lives. Our mission as a church, being part of the body of Jesus Christ, is to witness to God's love and grace through living out our Anabaptist vision in worship, ministry, and service within our church, community and world. As stated in our Church Covenant: We recognize that being a disciple of Christ is an ongoing journey of transformation that we will undergo together as a community of faith.
See also a brief history of Mennonites in Rochester, MN.
Rev. Galen Penner began his pastorate Rochester Mennonite Church on August 4, 2013. Galen comes to Rochester from Moundridge, KS, having been raised at Mountain Lake, MN. Penner, father of David and Kaylie, has served congregations in Illinois, Colorado, and Kansas. He has a Master’s Degree in Historical-Theological Studies from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, CA, and is completing work for the Master of Divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN.
Here are some photos of our congregation.