Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. - MEDA Convention 2018
Co-Pastor of First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis
Intersections: Her Touch, Our Faith and the Power of Jesus
Shannon W. Dycus is Co-Pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she leads missional and faith formation ministries for the congregation. She is active with Faith in Indiana, a local PICO network of faith communities seeking justice and holds multiple leadership positions with Mennonite Church USA. Shannon has published articles for The Mennonite, Leader and is currently completing the 2019 Mennonite Women USA Bible study guide.
Intersections are places of connection and conflict, chaos and community. As Christians who follow the ministry of Jesus who leads and loves, we see many crossroads and corners of opportunity. Jesus -- in Luke 8, verses 40-56 -- stands at the possibility of empowering the most vulnerable. We stand with him. As we explore the intersections of our call, how does Jesus invite us to bring our faith to the places we stand, and how do we use “our touch” to bless?
Before congregational, Shannon's ministry was teaching middle and high school students and directing after-school programs. Shannon holds an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Butler University and received her Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, where she continues to mentor students in The Discipleship Project. With a love for journeying with people, Shannon is completing certification as a Spiritual Director at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. With her loving husband, Gregory, the Dycus family includes two energetic boys ages 6 and 8.
Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Shannon is also a big “D” Disciple. She was raised in Park Manor Christian Church (Chicago, IL) where her grandfather Charles Webb, Sr. was pastor. She served as a Global Mission Intern to the Dominican Republic with Global Ministries, the organization that facilitates global work for the DOC and UCC churches. During her year in the Dominican Republic, Shannon served with Caminante, a local community center resisting the impact of prostitution. Shannon is currently a member of the National Convocation board and a representative to the General Board of the CC(DOC).
Shannon is a listener and a foodie, loves live music and dancing, believes in doing justice and creating space to breathe.