About Our ChurchMaple Grove is a Mennonite Church of Christian believers seeking to be more like Jesus
Our mission is to connect followers to God
Disciples of Jesus Revealing His Kingdom Through Love, Spiritual Growth, and Service Together.
God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy and peace, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.
Focus On Service
We believe the Bible calls us to be disciples of Jesus Revealing His Kingdom Through Love, Spiritual Growth, and Service Together.
Coming together to serve vulnerable people in our world is our calling and part of our mission. Following the example set by Jesus in the Bible, we seek to bring hope and support to communities facing difficulties in this harsh world.
Our Beliefs & Values
- We believe in the lordship and saving grace of Jesus Christ. We yearn to grow more like Christ. We believe in the triune God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We are neither Catholic nor Protestant, but we share ties to those streams of Christianity. We cooperate as a sign of our unity in Christ and in ways that extend the reign of God’s Kingdom on earth. We are known as “Anabaptists” (not anti-Baptist) — meaning “rebaptizers.”
- Following Jesus in daily life is a central value.
- We believe that it is possible to follow Jesus as Lord above nationalism, racism or materialism.
- We believe that it is possible to follow Jesus as a peacemaker. We believe that we can practice the way of Jesus’ reconciling love in human conflicts and warfare, without having to strike out in fear to defend ourselves.
- We believe that we can live life simply and in service to others as a witness to God’s love for the world.
Who are Mennonites?
On any Sunday you will find Mennonites gathered for worship in about 60 countries around the world. With over one million members, the Mennonite church has been in existence for more than 475 years, expressing their faith in various ways.
Mennonite Church USA
Mennonites are part of the larger Christian expression called Anabaptism (meaning “baptized again”). Our identity is founded in 475 years of witness since the Reformation. We enjoy a spiritual kinship with over a million Anabaptist related Christians worldwide. As you visit our site, get acquainted with who we are and who we are becoming. God is calling us to be a “missional church” with a witness to be shared across the street and around the world.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
– Romans 12:16
Our Pastor: Verle Brubaker
During my teen years the call came particularly clearly as my father was exiting one of his pastoral assignments. I can remember tearfully hearing the call and anxiously saying to myself, “This can’t be happening.”
Resistance to the call took many of the forms of adolescent rebellion. Like Francis Thompson wrote in The Hound of Heaven, I tried many diversions and pathways that ultimately proved futile.
As I entered college I pursued the dream of medical missions. Yet I could not resist the call. I do not know exactly what triggered the final surrender but it happened in the middle of my sophomore year at Messiah College. At that time I switched my major from pre-med to Bible. An interim pastorate between my sophomore and junior years, seminary experiences, and Voluntary Service assignments further affirmed the call and my response.
I have found joy in learning about God’s church and his call to it. I have a passion for the church to be the church, living out the kingdom of God to a needy world. I have learned that my role as pastor is to help the church become the vehicle of God’s grace to the world, a sign of God’s will for heaven being lived out here on earth.
Our Pastor: Verle Brubaker
Our Team & Leadership
Frequently Asked Questions
What denomination is Maple Grove?
Maple Grove is a Mennonite Church, part of Mennonite Church USA. We are neither Catholic nor Protestant however similar in our belief in Jesus as the Redeemer and God as His Father.
Are you an Amish church?
We share some fundamental similarities to the Amish but we are different in beliefs and practice. Unlike the Amish, we do drive cars and have electricity in our homes. Some of our members however came from Amish families and upbringings.
What sets your church apart from others?
Our church is familiar to newcomers and similar to other churches. The main difference is our focus on service to others. The Bible calls us to love and serve the least among us, so we devote time and resources to do just this.