Our congregation makes decisions through the work of discernment through our communities (small groups). The communities work together to discern the Spirit and discover, explore, and create possibilities for consensus on issues. At the end of the discernment process in the communities, we gather together as a congregation to affirm the Spirit’s leading and our work.
Our congregation is guided and administered by a team of elders affirmed and consecrated by the congregation.
Pictured from left to right: Cheryl Lehmann, Marilyn Penner, Kate Widmer
Cheryl Lehmann serves as our elder overseeing facilities use, maintenance, and upkeep. She is a retired first-grade teacher with the Sioux Falls School District, and has been apart of Sermon on the Mount Mennonite Church for nearly four decades. Her service to the church included an assignment with Mennonite Voluntary Service among the Hopi tribes of the southwest.
Marilyn Penner serves as our elder overseeing finances. She is a retired elementary school teacher who worked for many years in private Christian schools in Sioux Falls and Freeman, SD. She has been apart of Sermon on the Mount Mennonite Church since the early 2000s. She is married to John, a retired funeral director.
Kate Widmer serves as our elder overseeing congregational forums and consensus processes for the congregation. She is an alumna of Mennonite Voluntary Service, our last volunteer in the Sioux Falls unit before its closure. She is an immigration and refugee resettlement specialist with the Center for New Americans, a program of Lutheran Social Services in Sioux Falls. She specializes in the legal side of resettlement. She is a graduate of Goshen College (ask her about the interdisciplinary studies she did at Goshen!).
The Rev’d Dr. Christopher J. Montgomery, O.S.L., is the fourth pastor of Sermon on the Mount Mennonite Church, and oversees worship, teaching, and leadership for the congregation. He was licensed into ministry by Center Point Baptist Church in Arkansas in 2004, and ordained by Drexel Hill Church of the Brethren in 2012, and has served in various pastoral roles in teaching, worship, and the arts in evangelical and Anabaptist congregations in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota, as well as adjunct teaching work at various seminaries and colleges in Philadelphia. He earned a BA in music (Ouachita Baptist University), an MDiv in contemporary leadership (Biblical Theological Seminary), and a Doctor of Worship Studies (The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies). He has professional training in organizational assessment, strategic planning, and conflict mediation. Since 2013, he has been a vowed member of the Order of Saint Luke, a dispersed religious order dedicated to liturgical and sacramental scholarship. He is establishing an Anabaptist School of Worship (visit WorshipCrafting) to apprentice congregations in worship that discerns the reign of God. He is married to Amanda and they have two children – Samantha Mae and Theodore.