verb \ˈri-pəl\
: to move in small waves
: to pass or spread through or over (someone or something)

Ripple – a diverse group of people from varied racial, economic and educational backgrounds, all seeking God’s transformation by moving closer to Jesus as our center.  We are an Anabaptist community affiliated with Franconia Mennonite Conference.  Ripple gathers for worship, Bible study, prayer, meals, and other events.  Bible study and worship take place on the church front steps, in the sanctuary, and downstairs in the fellowship hall.  Ripple is intentional about teaching and implementing restorative practices and seeks to build partnerships with those who are interested in joining God’s work in the city of Allentown.


Our Staff Members

Marilyn Bender

Marilyn began her pastoral ministry in 1986 with her husband John in Raleigh, NC. There they nurtured a Mennonite Church plant and co-pastored for 18 years. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite College and received a Master of Arts in Christian Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Upon moving to Pittsburgh

Angela Moyer

Angela Moyer joined the pastoral team at Ripple in 2012 after serving for six years as youth pastor at Rockhill Mennonite Church. She is also an occupational therapist in Early Intervention at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. She graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2001 with a BS in Occupational Therapy and

Ben Walter

Ben Walter grew up in Selinsgrove, PA located in central Pennsylvania. After high school he joined the Army infantry for three years and was stationed in Washington and Korea. He received a B.S. in nutrition from Penn State in 2001 and a M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary in 2011. Ben

Danilo Sanchez

Danilo is an Eastern University graduate and completed a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 2013.  He joined Ripple in 2014 in a part time joint youth ministry role with 2 other Mennonite congregations in the Lehigh Valley; Whitehall Mennonite and Vietnamese Gospel; and Karen Fellowship which