Our Mission at Oley Valley Mennonite Church
As an Anabaptist-Mennonite faith community, we encourage our members to be the hands and feet of Jesus both in our local neighborhoods and world-wide. Our ministries include:
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) - a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, sharing Christ's love by giving material resources to those in need.
Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) - a volunteer network of churches, responding to disasters in the U.S. and Canada by helping to clean up, repair, and rebuild homes while encouraging hope and faith.
Operation Christmas Child - partnering with Samaritan's Purse who distributes Christmas Shoeboxes, filled by churches to children in need throughout the world.
Oley Valley Food Pantry - local churches working together to provide food to those in need in the Oley Valley community.
New Person Ministries - a Christ-centered ministry, working with men returning to society from incarceration.
David Gehman, who grew up in Bally, PA and previously served as pastor at Oley Valley Mennonite about thirty years ago, is our current interim pastor. He finds visiting every family that attends rewarding and is also making visits to friends of the congregation. Dave has been in pastoral ministry since 1979, serving churches in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Most recently, he retired from 24 years as lead pastor at Parkesburg Mennonite Church and was interim pastor at a church in New York state. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, VA. Pastor Dave and his wife, Lois, live near Parkesburg, PA.