Wayne Nitzsche, Pastor
Thank you for browsing our website. I hope you have a better sense of Perkasie Mennonite Church through the words, pictures, events, and links. You are always welcome to come and be with us as we worship, eat, talk, study, work and play together.
Perhaps you have noticed that our mission statement is “to model Jesus.” Jesus modeled God’s radical, inclusive love and we are challenged by Jesus’ example to extend that hospitality to all. We fall short of Jesus’ example of non-violent love, but we are on the journey and we’d love to learn from you and your experiences. You don’t need to believe the “right” things to be a part of us, but we’d love for you to join us in our aim to follow and model Jesus. We have come to understand that God loves all God’s children of all races, gender expressions, sexual identities, abilities, ages and more!
A little bit about me. I grew up on a farm in Nebraska and attended a small Mennonite Church with my family. I am a graduate of Hesston and Goshen Colleges, and hold a Masters of Divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN. I have had experience in youth ministry, development work in West Africa, and pastoral ministry in congregations in Indiana and Ohio, and work with congregations and pastors within Ohio Conference and Franconia Conference of Mennonite Church USA, now Mosaic Conference.
My wife Mary is also an ordained minister with Mennonite Church USA, and serves as a Leadership Minister with Mosaic Conference of Mennonite Church USA. We have two daughters, Alison and Megan, and son’s-in-law, Michael and David, grandchildren William and Audrey (Alison and Michael). We have three “grand-pets,” Calvin, a long haired dachshund, (Alison and Michael) and two cats, Max and Rocky (Megan and David.) We make our home in Perkasie.
Mary and I enjoy visiting our family in Long Beach, California; and New York City. I follow sports, especially baseball, football and basketball. I enjoy Netflix series and running. Mary and I walk the wonderful path along the stream in Perkasie and in our area and we hike and bike. Reading is a passion, as is good music, conversation with friends, and foods from around the world.
Our church structure consists of five teams:
- Ministry Team
- Administration Team
- Christian Education Team
- Community Connections Team
- Worship Team