Megan Ramer, Lead Pastor
Megan joined the ministry team as Lead Pastor in September 2015 after a decade of pastoral ministry in Chicago. She is excited to bring her passions for worship and preaching, pastoral care, and building collaborative connections within the city and across the wider Mennonite church to the team. Reading and hiking are some of her favorite restorative activities. She also enjoys making baby quilts, going to concerts, frequenting the theatre to see her actor husband, Jon Stutzman, perform, and going on traveling adventures both large and small.
Amy Marie Epp, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation & Worship
Amy began as Associate Pastor in September of 2005. She works in worship development and with children, youth and families in SMC’s community. In worship, Amy enjoys preaching and leading worship as well as thinking about the way we can enhance the visual worship environment through the arts. In her work with youth, it has been a great joy to know and grow with the young people at SMC, to encourage gifts of youth in worship and to see them embraced into congregational life. As a parent of a young child, herself, it is been gratifying to support the programs of children’s ministry and to think about providing a comprehensive approach to Christian formation. In her limited spare time, anything related to quilting, knitting, sewing or other crafty endeavors could keep her happily occupied for hours. Amy is married to Joe Hamilton and has a eight-year-old daughter, Naomi and a newborn son Ori.
Jonathan Neufeld, Pastor for Community Ministry and Just Peace
Jonathan is half of the Community Ministry team who offers direct service and accompaniment to individuals experiencing homelessness. He also orchestrates the host of volunteers who make the Community Ministries many programs a possibility. Jonathan grew up in Canada, in Mennonite communities located in rural Manitoba and British Columbia. Jonathan started in pastoral ministry in 1995 and Seattle Mennonite is the third congregation he has had the joy of serving, but it is the first assignment that he has had the opportunity to job-share with Melanie. Choosing to live in Lake City, close to most everything that needs daily attention, helps Jonathan pursue passions of being locally minded and pursuing simple living.
Melanie Neufeld, Pastor for Community Ministry and Stewardship
Melanie plays a half-time role as Community Minister (a position shared with Jonathan), serving people experiencing homelessness in Lake City. Melanie’s role in Community Ministry is as liaison with the business community, local agencies and neighbors and in community organizing. This role began June 2007 after significant congregational/broader neighborhood discernment led to vision and efforts of ending homelessness in Lake City. Melanie has graduate degrees in Social Work and Divinity. She is committed to community organizing, working with people on the margins, mothering, yoga practice, Interplay (the practice of bringing more playfulness into one’s life), and spiritual direction group process.