In the spring of 2015 the Leadership Committee and the members of Thomas Mennonite Church made a decision to request that Allegheny Mennonite Conference consider the ordination of Pastor Randall Schlabach.
Randall graduated from Hesston College in pastoral ministries in 2008. He currently lives in Davidsville, Pa., with his wife Kirsten and children Anya, Emma, and Jeremiah.
For several years the Thomas Mennonite Church was seeking leadership with various ministers filling the pulpit. During that time, Randall preached two Sundays a month. Randall has shared his story regarding the journey to accept God’s call to ministry, sometimes questioning why he felt the desire to stay in the Johnstown area after his leading of Service Adventure was completed. In February of 2013, Randall accepted the call from the congregation to become our full time pastor. His commitment to the Anabaptist faith, his sincerity, his vision in missions and growth are only a few of the assets of his leadership. He was licensed to the ministry in February 2011.
The service of ordination was celebrated on September 27, 2015. Donna Mast, conference minister, led in this ceremony. Pastor Randall was ordained with his wife Kirsten standing with him in this decision. The congregation also made commitments to support Randall and family in their leadership and service. Ronald Spory, Randall’s mentor, brought the message using scripture from Proverbs 12:15 and 19:20. Family and friends also attended this service. In continuation of celebration, a fellowship meal followed.