Welcome Pastor Jeremiah Martin

Conestoga Mennonite Church is pleased and excited to welcome our new lead pastor, Jeremiah Martin.

On August 29, after several months of working alongside Pastor Bob, Jeremiah Martin was installed as CMC’s New Pastor. Born and raised in Lancaster County, Jeremiah served with his wife, Shaelagh, as a missionary pastor outside of Paris for the past 15 years before being called as Conestoga's lead pastor in 2021. In addition to pastoring, Jeremiah has also spent time teaching in a variety of contexts, first in Chicago and then in France. He is motivated in ministry by a deep belief that the Word and the Spirit of Christ are already "making all things new," and that we are invited to join God in that newness. Jeremiah is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute (BA, Pastoral Studies), Wheaton College (MA, Theology), and the University of Paris-IV (MA, Comparative Literature). He enjoys reading, playing guitar, and spending time with Shaelagh, their two teenage daughters, and Samwise the Hound.

Prior to coming the CMC, Jeremiah and his wife Shaelagh were active supported in there missionary work in France by the CMC congregation. Throughout the year-long pastoral search process and transition period, the congregation, CMC leadership, and the Martins have expressed gratefulness for that pre-existing relationship and a smooth pastoral transition. There is an atmosphere of expectancy now as the CMC church family prays and works together to continue the many good things already happening in their midst while also seeking to discern what God has in store for this next phase of their life together.

On August 31, 2021, the CMC church family said goodbye to its long-time and well-loved pastor, Bob Petershiem. The congregation is grateful for the solid foundations that he and his wife, Cindy were able to put in place at CMC over the past 12 years and for the joyful celebration of their ministry that took place in late August. CMC is looking forward to welcoming Bob and Cindy back to the congregation in March following their recommended 6-month absence during the transition period.

 

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