Jim Schwenk, Pastor
Jim Schwenk has served as pastor of Gingrichs Mennonite Church since November 2013. He is a graduate of United Wesleyan College, Evangelical Seminary, and holds a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University. Jim has served churches in Schuylkill, Lehigh, Lancaster, and Lebanon Counties in Pennsylvania throughout his ministry career. He has also taught Church History, Theology and World Religions at numerous institutions, including Evangelical Seminary, Penn State Berks Campus, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster Bible College, and most recently, at Zaporozhye Bible College and Seminary in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. It was his study and teaching of Anabaptist history that led him to join the Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church in 2013. Jim is the author of two books, Catholic Spirit: Wesley, Whitefield, and the Quest for Evangelical Unity in 18th Century British Methodism (Scarecrow Press, 2008) and of the forthcoming volume, George Whitefield: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought (P&R Publishing, 2015). Jim also serves on the Advisory Team of the C.S. Lewis Institute of Central Pennsylvania.
Jim is married to Loretta Friends, formerly of Millerton, Pennsylvania. Lore is also a graduate of United Wesleyan College, and spent six years working in the Global Ministries Office of the Evangelical Congregational Church. Jim and Lore have two adult children, Heather and Tyler. They live in Schaefferstown, in a Colonial Period log cabin. They enjoy working in their garden, raising a few animals, and traveling. Together they have visited Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Various members of the family have done short term missions work in Alaska, West Virginia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Peru.
Back Row: Jay Hershey, Lois Diem, Reid Hoover,
Front Row: Maggie Freed, Darlene Martin
Back Row: Dean Hoover, Tom Turley, Jim Schwenk, Doug Garrett
Front Row: Bob Horlacher, Doreen Miller, Carl Horning