Our Pastor, Stephen Reist
Stephen joined Mississauga Mennonite Fellowship as part-time pastor in September 2008. His wife Carol had spoken the previous spring at MMF representing The Dam which MMF supports. The search committee later called Carol and said “We like your husband. Would he come and be our pastor?” Stephen had to Google “Mennonites” before he could say yes!
Stephen spent 10 years in IT as a Systems Analyst before leaving to finish his theology degree at Wycliffe College (Anglican), University of Toronto. He considers himself a denominational “mutt” having grown up in Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Congregational churches, marrying a Convention Baptist, attending Church of God, and Anglican churches, studying at an Anglican school and being ordained in the Church of Christ. But he has found a home with Mennonite/Anabaptist theology and it’s beautiful people.
In 2008 Stephen also started “hanging out” in the local mall, getting to know the regulars there. Out of that he helped start Meadowvale Neighbours’ Café – a ministry to the community which MMF supports with Stephen’s time. We enjoy sharing our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas fellowship dinners with about 20 friends from the Meadowvale Neighbours’ Café each year.
Stephen preaches twice a month seeking to hear the Bible, especially the life and teachings of Jesus as a guiding light to our daily lives and relationship with our loving Creator.
Stephen and his wife Carol and their son Daniel live in Glen Williams (near Georgetown) on 4 acres where MMF enjoys annual picnics, bonfires, and hikes.
More About Us
We are quite a mixed bunch. Various ages, diverse cultural backgrounds, some born and bred Russian Mennonites, some who have adopted Mennonite/Anabaptist ideas. We are a small group – a fellowship – that tries to care for each other and support one another as we learn to follow Jesus together. We try to be inclusive, without judgement, of anyone who wishes to travel with us.
If you are looking for a “What we believe” page you won’t find one. Belonging to a community that seeks to behave like Jesus is what’s important to us. Belief follows along as we go and we don’t all agree on what we believe. Instead, what unites us is our covenant (agreement) with each other which every year we remind ourselves:
As members of the Mississauga Mennonite Fellowship we seek to build God’s kingdom by:
- worshipping God and increasing our knowledge and understanding of His work as revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures;
- being a sharing and caring community of believers sensitive to the needs of each other and those around us following the example of Jesus Christ;
- providing a Mennonite/Anabaptist presence and peace witness in our community.
If you’re not from a Mennonite background the terms Mennonite and Anabaptist might be intimidating and come with stereotypes of Old Order Mennonites and the Amish. Though some of us have roots in those communities none of us drive horse and buggy to church. There is a Mennonite culture that we value as the heritage and traditions of some of our group. But more important to us is our roots in the Anabaptist tradition of faith: peacemaking, active faith, loyal to Kingdom of God, following the teachings of Jesus. You can find out more here
Our worship services are very casual. Various people take turns leading the service, leading the singing, and speaking. We enjoy a sharing time in our service where anyone can share an inspirational thought, something they are celebrating or concerns they might have that we can pray about.
Throughout the year we enjoy getting together for hikes, picnics, workshops, selling borscht for MCC and potluck dinners.
Decisions are made as a group in Fellowship meetings by consensus. We value everyone’s input. The Lay Committee and the Steering Committee, made up of discerned members of our fellowship, serve the fellowship providing leadership, administration, and coordinating services and activities under the direction of the fellowship. We are also a member of the regional church Mennonite Church Eastern Canada