Marshall Anderson came to Faith Mennonite in June 2017, and is excited to serve as Lead Pastor beginning in February 2020. Marshall’s passion is building the missional life of the church – which is a fancy way to say how we build healthy relationships outside the church walls.
Marshall and his wife, Lindsay, have three children. They moved to Newton from Fort Wayne, IN, where Marshall was pastor of North Leo Mennonite Church and a transitional pastor for Fairhaven Mennonite Church. While in Indiana, Marshall served Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference as a part of the Leadership Enhancement Team and was also a member of the Church Plant Network.
Marshall is a film buff and can quote lines from all different kinds of movies – a talent which is both useless and occasionally irritating. He also enjoys music and plays bass guitar and percussion. He plays golf, but doesn’t really qualify as a golfer. He enjoys losing golf balls.
Marshall has a heart for those who can’t imagine themselves fitting in at church. He believes God’s grace and love are greater than we know and everyone is welcome at the table. (Food. Marshall likes food too.) He is excited to be a part of the community at Faith Mennonite, and looks forward to continuing the work of building vibrant community.
Verda Deckert joined our ministry staff in 2009. She is a long-time Registered Nurse, graduating from Bethel Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, Bethel College, and Wichita State University. After holding several different positions at Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Newton Medical Center, Verda taught in the Department of Nursing at Bethel College until retirement. She continues to work as needed in the preoperative/outpatient unit at Newton Medical Center.
Verda enjoys helping people discover how to work with their health problems, advocating for them during the stresses of illness and accident, and navigating the complicated health system.