“Kicked Out of the Comfort Zone” – Kirk Hanger

Visiting Pastor Kirk Hanger focuses on themes of diversity dynamics and the vocation of faith communities looking at the Tower of Babel, Pentecost and Revelation to show that God’s plan from the beginning has always been diversity, however, like those at Babel, we still tend to want to stay in our comfort zones with people like us. God nudges, pushes and sometimes kicks us out of our comfort zones for our own growth and for the fulfillment of God’s mission in the world.

Kirk Hanger is founding pastor of New Hope Fellowship, Alexandria, Va. Marilyn, Kirk’s wife, teaches at Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, VA. They have two grown sons. The Hangers served as church planters in Mexico City for eleven years and were involved in starting three churches in one of the largest cities in the world. Kirk continues as a mentor to leaders and churches in RIMI Network of Churches, a network that was started in Mexico and now includes churches in several other countries. Kirk grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, and the Fuller Theological Seminary , Pasadena, CA. Kirk is an ordained minister in Franconia Mennonite Conference, an area conference of Mennonite Church, USA. Prior to going to Mexico, Kirk pastored Methacton Mennonite Church in Norristown, PA. Marilyn is from Souderton, Pennsylvania and also graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and has a Masters in Education from George Mason University.