Ruth Harder began as pastor at Rainbow in September 2013. Ruth is a 2007 Masters of Divinity graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and a 2001 graduate of Bethel College. Ruth is married to Jesse Graber, who is a free-lance illustrator and musician. Prior to coming to Rainbow, Ruth was a hospital chaplain, as well the youth and communications coordinator at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago. Most recently, she served six years as associate pastor at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, KS.
The Minister of Worship and Music ensures that music and musical opportunities remain a vital part of our congregational life. This includes collaborating with the pastor and Worship Committee in worship planning, directing and managing the adult choir, overseeing maintenance of instruments, arranging other special music especially over the summer months, and assisting with the WorshipArts program. The Director of Music Ministries position was created in 1999 and Rosi has been doing it ever since!
The Director of Faith Formation and Congregational Life supports the spiritual and pastoral mission of the church by guiding, leading, and connecting the congregation to worship, serve, and learn opportunities at Rainbow and beyond; with special emphasis on younger congregants (birth-college) and their families. Sarah earned her Masters of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary with a focus in Youth and Young Adult ministry. Sarah began working at Rainbow on August 12, 2019.
The Church Administrator is the central point upon which other staff, volunteers, members, committees and boards depend to make communication and other logistics effective and efficient. Eric began in this part-time interim position on August 5, 2020. While Eric keeps the church office running for the time being, the Personnel Committee will take time to review and update the Church Administrator position job description and then run a job search to fill the position permanently. Thank you, Eric!
Mark is our Church Sexton, in charge of keeping the building in working order and tending to maintenance needs as they come up. As of 2019, Mark is also caring for the custodial needs of the church. We appreciate his commitment to care and stewardship of our place of worship, gathering and community building. Mark began his work at Rainbow in August 2018.