My name is Marc Schlegel-Preheim and I am the pastor here at Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship (HPMF).
A bit about the congregation:
Now in my third year as pastor at HPMF, I am finding it to be a great fit. It is a community of faith that is both casual and passionate; a community always seeking to discern for where God is moving in us, and through us, and with where – calling us into deeper relationship. It is my deep conviction that God is continually inviting us to join in the work of bringing about a more loving, peaceful, just, and sustainable world. We want to be part of that work.
At Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, I believe we have a unique face of God to lift up, the face of God that is continually inviting us into right relationship with ourselves, others, and all of creation. We are a community that highly values love, peace, justice, and the life of Jesus. And, a community that has a lot of fun together. We know we don’t have it all figured out, but these are our grounding points as we journey together.
Locally, as a congregation we are involved with Corpus Christi House, Idaho Community Action Network, Interfaith Equality Coalition, and the Idaho Peace Coalition.
If you have any questions about our community or Mennonite thought, feel free to call (208) 336-9872, firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the office.
A bit about me:
I am recently married! My wife Jenna and I have been in Boise for just over two years. I am a graduate of Hesston College, Goshen College, and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary where I concentrated on Christian Community Development (the intersection of faith and community action). Previously I served as Interim Associate Pastor in San Francisco, and Pastor of Youth and Community Engagement in Fresno, California. I love being a pastor and having the opportunity to walk with people through the joys, pains, passions, and questions of this life.
Theologically, I would say that I am most driven by my growing conviction that all people are created in the image of God with limitless potential. I hope to pastor in such a way that all people might believe this about themselves, their local neighbors, and their global neighbors. And together, I hope that we might deconstruct some of the barriers that have been erected that keep people from reaching their limitless potential.
Locally, in the past year I have had the privilege to be involved with the “Add the 4 Words” movement in Idaho, a movement of people seeking to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act. I have also had the opportunity to work with Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) and the Evangelical Immigration Round Table on efforts for Immigration reform in our country. In both of these movements I have met many brave and talented people who are seeking the dignity and protection of all of God’s people.
Recently, I also took over as Mission Coordinator at Corpus Christi House, a day shelter for Boise’s homeless citizens. There I continue to meet people who both serve and receive with a graciousness and love. It is an honor for me to be involved in the Boise community in these ways.