Pastor Brad Roth and his family came to serve the West Zion church in January 2013. Brad grew up baling hay, tending sheep, and shearing Christmas trees on a farm in Illinois. After attending college, Brad set off for the east coast to study at the Harvard Divinity School. He and his wife, Lici, later moved to Elkhart, IN to prepare for ministry at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Before coming to West Zion, Brad pastored a congregation in a multi-ethnic community in eastern Washington and worked with the church in Cuzco, Peru through Eastern Mennonite Missions.
The Roths have a heart to serve God and God’s people, particularly at the margins. They’re passionate about sharing their faith in word and deed and living God’s love in the community. Brad and Lici are convinced that the way of life Jesus modeled and taught is the best, most interesting, most meaningful way to walk in the world, and they strive to follow him. Brad’s preaching and teaching seeks to connect the gospel to day-to-day life. He writes about the ways that he encounters God in the everyday at doxologyproject.com. Brad’s book on the rural church: God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church will be released by Herald Press on September 19, 2017.
The Roths enjoy bicycling, tending a garden, keeping chickens, and playing with their sons.
Brad says of West Zion, “I love this church! We have awesome worship and caring, welcoming people. Come check us out. You’ll like it here.”