Our Story

The HCS journey began when Reuben and Patty Petersheim moved to Hampden in 2007 with a vision to start a Christian school. Reuben taught Social Studies in Baltimore City Public Schools for four years before beginning Hampden Christian School in 2011 in a yellow house on Falls Rd. The school grew rapidly, and four years later moved into the present building at 1234 W 36th St.  Currently the school has around 65 students. 

The school operates under Urban Mennonite Ministries, a nonprofit with the mission of operating Christian schools in urban areas. We are affiliated with Hampden Mennonite Church, which meets in our sanctuary. 

Above, listen to a segment about us featured on WYPR “Out of the Blocks.” 

Our Faith

We are Christians in the Mennonite tradition, and we welcome families of any faith to our school. 

The Mennonites are a 500-year-old Christian movement that started in Switzerland. We have three distinctive beliefs.

  1.  Nonconformity: We seek to truly follow Jesus as he taught
    us in the New Testament.
      This means that we treat all we are and own as ultimately belonging to God.  In other words, we do not conform to the expectations of the culture around us, but conform to the example that the Bible holds forth as ideal.  We hold to a traditional Christian understanding of gender and sexuality, as outlined in our statement of faith, below. 
  2. Nonresistance: We are called to show love to all people whether they reciprocate or not.  We strive to practice peace in all of our relationships and avoid violence in all forms. We see politics as the responsibility of the state, not the church, and thus do not engage in politics or advocate for any party’s agenda.
  3.  Believer’s Baptism: We only baptize following a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.  Adult baptism has been a hallmark of our movement since the beginning. 

This is a summary statement based on the confession of faith adopted by Mennonite General Conference in 1963. For a fuller statement see the Mennonite Confession of Faith. 

1. We believe in one God eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

2. We believe that God has revealed himself in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the inspired Word of God, and supremely in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

3. We believe that in the beginning God created all things by His Son. He made man in the divine image, with free will, moral character, and a spiritual nature. 

4. We believe that man fell into sin, bringing depravity and death upon the race; that as sinner, man is self-centered and self-willed, unwilling and unable to break with sin. 

5. We believe that there is one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who died to redeem us from sin and arose for our justification. 

6. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ, a free gift bestowed by God on those who repent and believe. 

7. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, effects the new birth, gives guidance in life, empowers for service, and enables perseverance in faith and holiness. 

8. We believe that the church is the body of Christ, the brotherhood of the redeemed, a disciplined people obedient to the Word of God, and a fellowship of love, intercession, and healing. 

9. We believe that Christ commissioned the church to go into all the world, making disciples of all the nations, and ministering to every human need. 

10. We believe it is the will of God that there should be ministers to teach the Word, to serve as leaders, to administer the ordinances, to lead the church in the exercise of discipline, and to serve as pastors and teachers. 

11. We believe that those who repent and believe should be baptized with water as a symbol of baptism with the Spirit, cleansing from sin, and commitment to Christ. 

12. We believe that the church should observe the communion of the Lord’s Supper as a symbol of his broken body and shed blood, and of the fellowship of his church, until his return. 

13. We believe in the washing of the saints’ feet as a symbol of brotherhood, cleansing, and service, and in giving the right hand of fellowship and the holy kiss as symbols of Christian love. 

14. We believe that God has established unique roles for man and woman, symbolized by man’s bared head in praying and prophesying, and by woman’s veiled head. 

15. We believe that Christian marriage is intended by God to be the union of one man and one woman for life, and that Christians shall marry only in the Lord. 

16. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.)

17. We believe that Christians are not to be conformed to the world, but should seek to conform to Christ in every area of life. 

18. We believe that Christians are to be open and transparent in life, ever speaking the truth, and employing no oaths. 

19. We believe that it is the will of God for Christians to refrain from force and violence in human relations and to show Christian love to all men. 

20. We believe that the state is ordained of God to maintain order in society, and that Christians should honor rulers, be subject to authorities, witness to the state, and pray for governments. 

21. We believe that at death the unsaved enter into everlasting punishment and the saved into conscious bliss with Christ, who is coming again, and will raise the dead, sit in judgment, and bring in God’s everlasting kingdom. 

Supporting Scriptures are cited following each article of the 1963 Mennonite Confession of Faith.

 

Meet Our Staff

Location

We are located at 1234 W 36th St, on the other side of Falls Rd. from the Avenue. We are directly across from Roosevelt Park and adjacent to the ACCE High School. 

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