Giving spiritual direction to Dayton Mennonite is a Leadership Team made up of pastors, deacons and elders. Our Church Council, consisting of various office holders within the church, makes decisions related to the everyday workings of the congregation. Dayton Mennonite is part of Conservative Mennonite Conference and is related to various mission and ministry organizations.
Our goal in all things is to help persons "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18), so that we together will "reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ's fullness" (Ephesians 4:13). If there is anything we can do to help you toward these ends, please let us know.
Willard and Eva Eberly spent forty years of ministry in the Mediterranean region. The Eberlys not only touched the lives of many Italians and Albanians, but opened their hearts and home to many missionaries who came and went through the years.
Dennis Rhodes, a self-employed contractor, serves as deacon for the congregation and has frequently built homes in missions settings. He has also previously been a DMC youth sponsor and Church Council chairman. He and his wife Carol have four young adult children and three grandchildren.
Terry Cline, a farmer and builder, serves as elder for Dayton Mennonite and is involved in various local ministries, such as the Hinton Mennonite Relief Center. He also serves on the DMC Church Council. He and his wife Barbara have five young adult children and two grandchildren.
Buff and Debbie Showalter have been members of DMC since 1996. Buff's primary occupation is farming, he is also vice president of Poultry Specialties. In the past he has served the church as Trustee, Sunday School superintendent, chaired various committees and coordinates prison ministry.
Pastor in Training
Mike Troyer became a member at DMC in the year 2014 and is a manager at Helmuth Builders. Mike has served at DMC in the roles of youth sponsor, worship leader, and participated in the mentoring program.
The name "Mennonite" comes from Menno Simons, a church leader during the Reformation of the 1500's, who with other voices in the Anabaptist movement called persons to put their trust in Christ for salvation, to believe and live out the teachings of the Bible, and to form churches that recognize the importance of simplicity, peacemaking, accountability and community.