Friday, July 28, 2017

First Mennonite Church of Richmond

Overview of Our History

1948 - First Tent Meetings in various Richmond area locations

1950 - Regular services held at Chimberazo Park House with Ralph Ross, Minister

1954-58-  Ralph Ziegler & Herman Reitz Pastors

1960 - Ralph Zeigler and Myron Augsburger Pastors

1962 - Joe Hertzler -Pastor

1966 - Voluntary Service Unit established. Name changed to First Mennonite Church

1971 - Team Ministry developed with Paul Wenger, Pastor

1974 - Pastoral Search for first fulltime pastor, with Lloyd Weaver, Jr., Overseer

1975 - Bruce Yoder - first fulltime Pastor

1980 - Congregation moved to former Baptist Church on Staples Mill Road

1984 - Church Covenant developed (still in effect)

1985 - Bruce Yoder resigned and 11 people also left to form Richmond Mennonite Fellowship.

1986 - Wayne Spiegle - part-time Pastor

1990 - Congregation first became involved in CARITAS (housing and meals for the homeless). Continous participation through 2012

1993 - Wayne Spiegle - fulltime Pastor; Paul Swarr, Overseer

1998 -  Muzet Felgar - first part-time Youth Pastor

1999 -  Wayne Beachy instrumental in establishing outreach project, which would come to be known as Ten Thousand Villages

2000 -  Les Horning -Interim Pastor; Raymond Martin, Overseer. Wayne Spiegle moved to Pennsylvania

2001 -  Barry Loop - fulltime Pastor

2002 - Youth Pastor resigned position and moved to Harrisonburg area. Position has been discussed but not filled ever since.

2004 - First Mennonite Church Moves to new church facilty we built on Parham Road

2011 - Pastor Barry Loop retires at the end of December.

2012 - David Bartow  and Elders maintain transitional Pastor duties starting in January.

2012 - Interim Pastor, Rob Burdette begins and installed in May.

2014 - Ryan Ahlgrim begins as full-time pastor.

2015 - Celebrate 60 years as First Mennonite Church of Richmond

 

Contact Us

First Mennonite Church
601 East Parham Road
Richmond, Virginia 23227

804-264-3200

Pastor: Ryan Ahlgrim
pastor@firstmennonitechurch.org
Office Hours:  Generally, 9-4 M-F

 

 

Secretary: Amanda-Grace Lewis 

secretary@firstmennonitechurch.org 

Office Hours: Generally, 9-2 Tu & F