I am Janette Lyndaker Gallagher and I am serving as the interim pastor here at Community Mennonite Fellowship. I graduated in August 2018 with my Master of Divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. My dad graduated with the same degree from the same seminary forty-seven years prior. Since I grew up as a pastor’s kid, being a pastor was the last thing I ever wanted to do! God had other ideas! The New York Mennonite Conference, a member of Mennonite Church USA, to which Community Mennonite Fellowship belongs, recently licensed me toward ordination.
I spent nineteen years as a registered dental hygienist before I entered seminary. It has been an interesting journey from the precision of science and dental hygiene to the various nuances, questions, and understandings of theology! I love to spend time with my family and friends, read, write, read Biblical Greek in preparation for my sermon writing, and travel with my husband. My annual trek to my beloved Longboat Key on the Gulf of Mexico restores my spirit. You cannot beat sitting beside the ocean with a good book and a cup of coffee. I always feel God’s presence so strongly in the waves and the sand.
Come and visit CMF and experience God’s love! We would love to meet you.