We are a faith community in the Anabaptist tradition of historic peace churches. Following our forebears, we take the whole New Testament as our creed, convinced there is wisdom in widening our perspective as we interpret and attempt to live out Jesus’ message in light of our time and context. In the spirit of Jesus’ ministry of love and compassion, our vision includes openness and respect for all people, respect for the natural world and its creatures, and respect for diverse religious traditions.
Lay Ministry at Ellisforde
With a half-time pastor, we depend on an active lay ministry to share in the leadership and programs of the church, including preaching, music, worship leading, and committee work. We also depend on each other for creative ideas, theological insight, mutual care, and carrying out the work of the spirit in our faith community, our wider community, and in the world.
Our Statement of Welcome
At Ellisforde we strive to continue the work of Jesus peacefully, simply, and together. We are called by Christ to be an inclusive community as we live out our peace tradition. This means regardless of race, ethnic identity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, diverse abilities, economic and life situation, or faith tradition, you are welcome here!
About our Pastor
Our half-time pastor, Debbie Roberts, is a graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary, the Church of the Brethren seminary in Richmond, IN, with a Master of Theology degree. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Religion from Berea College in Berea, KY, a Master of Divinity degree from Northwest Theological Union in Seattle, WA, and she earned her Ph.D. degree in Women’s Studies in Religion from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. She has a particular interest and expertise in conflict engagement, and alongside her ministry at Ellisforde, she teaches graduate courses at Bethany in their Reconciliation Studies program – an online course in the fall and a two-week intensive each May. The theology of peace and justice is her vocation, goats are her passion, and baseball is her sport.