Richard Lichty is a native of Lancaster County and a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College (now University). He is also a graduate of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a pastor of Kalona (Iowa) Mennonite Church, Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, PA and Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia. He has taught history at Iowa Mennonite School and Christopher Dock High School.
His most recent publication, released in March 2016, is “An Increase in Time, Story Lines of the Germantown Mennonite Church and Its Historic Trust, 1683-2005” This congregational history surveys the history of the oldest Mennonite congregation in North America, from 1683-2005. Here we see Germantown Mennonite Church (after a promising start) experiencing various periods of slow growth and spiritual stagnation, even while maintaining its Anabaptist-Mennonite identity. The book emphasizes the current growth since the 1970s. Some of this history is known in the wider church but here we listen to the story from within—a view not well known—of the congregation’s welcome of LGBTQ persons, whether single or partnered, into its full life of membership.
Though formally separated from Mennonite Church USA for this inclusive stance, the last chapters point toward a time of shared understanding and reconciliation.
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