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Peace Mennonite Community Church (Aurora, Colorado, USA)
Leonard Wiebe, who had formerly pastored the Faith Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas, and his wife Joann, began a new church planting ministry jointly sponsored by the Western District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church and  the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Conference, in the east Denver suburb of Aurora in September 1986. On 1 February 1987 the new congregation—Peace Mennonite Community Church—conducted its first worship service in the rented Aurora Senior Citizens Center with 93 persons in attendance. The congregation was formally established on 1 September 1987. Under the leadership of the Wiebes, the congregation, dually affiliated with both of its sponsoring conferences, quickly developed an effective neighborhood and community outreach program. In 2006 the congregation became a charter member of the Mountain States Mennonite Conference.

The growing congregation continued to meet in the Aurora Senior Citizens Center from its beginning in 1987 until 1997. In 1990 the congregation purchased a 2.2-acre parcel on East Alameda Avenue, two blocks west of Interstate Highway 225. A groundbreaking service was held in September 1996, and construction of a church building was completed the following year. The first worship service in the new facility was held on 17 August 1997, and a dedication service followed on 24 August. At that time approximately 60 percent of the 110-member suburban congregation came from Mennonite backgrounds, while 40 percent represented other faith traditions.

Peace Mennonite’s pastors include Roy Walls, Phil Ebersole, and Tim Davis who was installed on 1 August 2010. In 2010 the congregation, with 91 members/covenanted attendees, was focused on worship, spiritual formation/discipleship, community, and outreach. The church program features a Wyldlife for Teens Program administered by Young Life, and the church facility is used by Korean and Hispanic congregations.

Contents

Bibliography

Unrau, Harlan D. In Pursuit of Land, Health and Mission: A History of Mennonites in the Mountain States Region. Printed in Canada by Blitzprint Inc., 2007.

Additional Information

Address:  13601 E. Alameda Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80012

Telephone:  303-340-1555

Website:  Peace Community Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church USA

Mountain States Mennonite Conference

Name Years of

Service

Leonard Wiebe 1987-1998
Wally Jantz (interim) 1998-1999
 Jane Dick (interim) 1999
 Roger Hochstetler (interim) 1999
 Roy Walls 1999-2003
 Phil Ebersole 2004-2008
 Pat Hobin (interim) 2008-2010
 Tim Davis 2010-

Maps

Map:Peace Mennonite Community Church (Aurora, Colorado)


Author(s) Harlan Unrau
Date Published 2010


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Unrau, Harlan. "Peace Mennonite Community Church (Aurora, Colorado, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2010. Web. 25 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Peace_Mennonite_Community_Church_(Aurora,_Colorado,_USA)&oldid=95989.

APA style

Unrau, Harlan. (2010). Peace Mennonite Community Church (Aurora, Colorado, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Peace_Mennonite_Community_Church_(Aurora,_Colorado,_USA)&oldid=95989.




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