Chester C. Weaver Jr. Articles

Chester Weaver is a son of the Lancaster Conference Mennonite Church (baptized 1965) and also a son of the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, becoming a member in 1972. He transitioned to the Amish-Mennonite expression of Anabaptism in 1994 and has continued in that tradition to the present.

He has taught full time in Christian Day schools for 36 years, twelve years in Pennsylvania at the Allen Christian Day School and at the Rheems Mennonite School, sixteen years at Grandview/Osceola, Texas, and eight years at the Hebron Christian School in Lagrange County, Indiana. He has also taught more than twenty years in youth Bible Schools such as Calvary Bible School, (Calico Rock, Arkansas), and in the Area Wide Bible Schools.

He serves as Administrative Dean of The Shepherd's Institute, a traveling, week-long pastor training effort. He has regularly spoken at the annual Anabaptist Identity Conference. He serves on the board responsible for Anabaptist Perspectives. Recently he has become a consultant to Sattler College in Boston Massachusetts, serving as liaison between the Anabaptist community and Sattler College.

He married Barbara Sauder in 1974. Their union is blessed with eight children, three in California, two in Texas, two in Virginia, and one in Ireland. Presently they have forty-one grandchildren.

Chester was ordained in 1997 and maintains an active interest in Anabaptist history and theology, always hoping to stimulate further interest in the subject of his passion. Chester and his wife are members of the Cedar Creek Mennonite Fellowship near the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex in Texas. They presently reside in the village of Itasca.

Chester C. Weaver Jr.

Response to “Losing the Trust” Some time ago there appeared in several in-boxes a letter written to an Eastern  Pennsylvania Mennonite bishop attempting to explain why there may be in some cases a loss of trust in Eastern administration. Though that letter was the result of some extensive research…
Why all the doubleness in the world? Why has hypocrisy been a perennial human problem? Why do human beings settle for less than genuine? Why is the Church especially sensitive to charges of hypocrisy? Why do individuals wear masks? Why do not more people insist upon Wholeness/Oneness?  The simple…
“I was too stubborn to believe [the facts of drift]. Today I have two children who are divorced and remarried. You have a beautiful family and I have nothing.” —Lancaster Conference man to Ivan Martin, Sr., years after the division   In 1967, CBS News responded to a request by Goshen College…
In the waning days of 2019 a religious analysis gathered much attention in the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church camp. The well-crafted, sensitive, forty-one page paper was written in response to an Eastern bishop’s request for the reason so many solid Eastern families were leaving the Eastern…