At a business meeting on 21 October the congregation chose the name Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, after the subdivision in which it was located. The Glennon Heights congregation rented the Lakewood and Wheatridge Grange Halls from 1962-1964 for worship services. Two Sunday worship services were begun on 1 November 1964: one at the Wheatridge Grange Hall and the other at an Evangelical United Brethren Church in the Glennon Heights area. On 7 February 1965 combined Sunday services were commenced at Creighton Junior High School in Lakewood. Yost worked with the new congregation to secure Edward Miller of Gulfport, Mississippi, as pastor, and Miller began his pastorate on 28 April 1963 (installation on 16 June 1963). He served as the congregation's pastor until the summer of 1974.
Construction of a parsonage on the 2.5 acre site was completed in 1965, and the new church building was dedicated on 5 June 1966. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the church experienced steady growth as a result of community outreach and Vacation Bible Schools, the addition of several families from the aforementioned Evangelical United Brethren Church after it closed, and a large influx of I-W service men during the Vietnam War. By the early 1970s the church had an average Sunday morning attendance of more than 200.
Glennon Heights Mennonite Church pastors have included Ross T. Bender, who took a leave of absence from serving as dean of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and also served as President of the Mennonite World Conference (1984-89). On 14 September 1986, a joint worship service was conducted with an Evangelical Formosan Church in recognition of its use of the church facilities and its children joining Glennon Heights' Sunday School Program. Since the 1990s the congregation has cooperated with other area churches in a ministry to the homeless through the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
In May 1990 the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Conference established a new Youth Commission that was designed to promote more active youth activities in the conference. Mark G. Miller served as its first chair.
In 2010 Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, under the pastoral leadership of Betsy Headrick McCrae, had a membership of 80 and an average attendance of 75. Building renovations during 2009/10 have included installation of an elevator and handicap-accessible restrooms.
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Address: 11480 West Virginia Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80226
Glennon Heights Mennonite Church Pastors
|Name||Years of Service|
|Edward Miller||April 1963-Summer 1974|
|Paul Mininger (interim)||1980-1981|
|David McDonald (interim)||1981-1983|
|Frank Byler (interim)||1983|
|Ross T. Bender||1984-1989|
|Mark G. Miller||1989-2000|
|Ed and Kathrine Rempel (interim)||2000-2001|
|J. Mark and Emma L. Frederick (transitional)||2005-2006|
|Betsy Headrick McCrae||2007-|
|Date Published||October 2010|
Cite This Article
Unrau, Harlan. "Glennon Heights Mennonite Church (Lakewood, Colorado, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2010. Web. 11 Mar 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Glennon_Heights_Mennonite_Church_(Lakewood,_Colorado,_USA)&oldid=94836.
Unrau, Harlan. (October 2010). Glennon Heights Mennonite Church (Lakewood, Colorado, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 11 March 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Glennon_Heights_Mennonite_Church_(Lakewood,_Colorado,_USA)&oldid=94836.
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