StaffMeet Our Team
I began as the fulltime pastor of Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship June, 2015. I am drawn to pastoring at Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship because the congregation has chosen to put down roots in the neighborhood of our church building. Oakley is a thriving neighborhood home to households across the economic spectrum. I join CMF is asking, what do we have to offer Oakley that will strengthen our neighborhood?
As a Mennonite pastor balancing mothering a young child and school aged student, I desire for myself what I offer the congregation –spaciousness. I pastor holding space in worship, a conversation, a meeting or a meal for quiet, listening, integration heart and head, humor and curiosity.
The principles that empowered the Anabaptist movement from which the Mennonites were born 500 years ago, remain relevant today. An understanding that each of us can read the bible and that together we interpret God’s meaning in the text as it intersects with our lives. This, paired with a clear call in Jesus’ teaching and life to live in ways of active nonviolent justice.
As a pastor of this active, engaged faith community, I encourage the cycle of living out faith and contemplation. Each of us has the capacity to experience God in our lives and to live more fully and deeply into following God in our lives and world. The Spirit enlivens us to live into ways rooted in justice and grace embodied by Jesus of history and Christ with us now.
I am glad to be back in the region where I began life being born in Dayton, Ohio. I grew up in the university cities including Columbus, Ohio. After completing a degree in psychology at Goshen College, I spent two years with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Washington, DC and then Seattle, Washington. I was drawn to larger cities; the messy kinetic energy, the intersectionality of communities, as well as food, art and music.
After working as a case manager in community mental health for several years in Seattle, I married by husband of 13 years, Bradley Kauffman, and worked in health care caring for transitions in a hospital and health care center. I attended seminary at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary followed by seven year of pastoring at New Creation Fellowship Church, a congregation of Mennonite Church USA.
I have been a member of CMF since 2006, serving in the office since 2009. Originally from Union County, IN, I have made Cincinnati my home for over 20 years. I am a graduate of Marian University (in Indianapolis) with a degree in French, minoring in business and art. I use my eclectic skills and interests in a variety of ways as the OA here, drawing on my experiences in retail management, graphic design and other artistic endeavors, freelance writing/publishing, banking, and teaching. I have had a lifelong curiosity and enthusiasm for God and religious pursuits, wanting to reach out to others in support and community while furthering my ecumenical knowledge and education. My husband Jerry and I have one son; both also have attended since 2006.
I am generally in the office on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00am-3:00pm. Holidays will affect the days/hours.
You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 871-0035.
News and Announcements
Hear the latest and greatest from our congregation and around the world, including lessons and reflections from our pastor.
Save the dates for two upcoming congregational meetings! September 17 after the worship service will be our annual business meeting at which the budget and committee slate for our upcoming fiscal year are presented for approval. The CMF fiscal year begins October 1...
Bring your favorite dessert or snack to share as we gather in parts and cool off in the AC, to sing our favorite songs that we just don't get to sing enough of during Advent! Song requests are being gathered in the table in the foyer the Sundays prior to our hymn...
The congregational meeting that was originally scheduled for this Sunday, May 21 to make a decision regarding joining the Cincinnati Sanctuary Congregation Coalition as a solidarity congregation has been postponed. Feedback that we have received this week indicates...
Save the date, May 21. Directly following worship, a congregational meeting will held to make a decision about joining the Cincinnati sanctuary congregation coalition as a supportive congregation. Contact the working group Clair Hochstetler, Renee Kanagy, and Steve...
We will meet in the gathering area at CMF at the entry to the sanctuary--This simple service will center around the ancient practices of communion and foot washing with hand washing as an alternative. We'll dwell in the scripture passages of Jesus around the table for...
Sunday, March 26, guest theologian Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary president Sara Wenger Shenk will join us at CMF leading adult forum and preaching in worship on "Beauty that saves the world", Isaiah 52:7-10, Matthew 5:1-16 Adult Forum: "The church is dead....