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The Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA was originally the eastern section of the Ohio and Eastern Conference (Mennonite Church). The congregations forming in this section were part of the Conestoga-Maple Grove and the Atlantic States mission districts.

On 4 November 1978 these congregations approved a constitution that formed a new sister conference: the Atlantic Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church. Its primary purpose was to bring more continuity to mission, leadership, and youth activities. The new conference held its first full session in March 1979. The constitution was adopted on 28 March 1980, and revised in 1986, 1999 and 2003.

When it was formed, the conference was composed of 36 congregations and 3,887 members. By 1986 there were 44 congregations and 4,630 members divided into eight overseer districts that spanned an area from Massachusetts to North Carolina, and from the Atlantic Coast to the Appalachian Mountains. By 2003 there were 35 congregations and 4,635 members. After the merger of the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church in 1999, the Atlantic Coast Conference became part of Mennonite Church USA. In July 2009 there were 35 congregations, including several church plants in formation, and 3,972 members located in Massachusetts, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. New church initiatives continued to evolve, especially in New England. The majority of congregations are concentrated in the mid-Atlantic region, as the conference's name implies.

Currents was the conference's bimonthly periodical in 2009. It was published in a newspaper format, carrying conference and churchwide news.

The conference developed a mission statement in 2007: Centered in Christ, Building Connections, Sharing God's Love.

In 2010 the following congregations were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church:

Congregation City State
African Community Church of Lancaster   Lancaster Pennsylvania
Akron Mennonite Church  Akron Pennsylvania
Ark Bible Chapel  Boyertown Pennsylvania
Bethel Mennonite Church  Gettysburg Pennsylvania
Birch Grove Mennonite Church  Port Allegany Pennsylvania
Blossom Hill Mennonite Church  Lancaster Pennsylvania
Cedar Grove Mennonite Church  Greencastle Pennsylvania
Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster  Lancaster Pennsylvania
Conestoga Mennonite Church  Morgantown Pennsylvania
CrossWay Church  Ocean City Maryland
Ebenezer Evangelical Mennonite Church  Columbia Pennsylvania
Emmanuel's House of Prayer, Healing and Hope  Reinholds Pennsylvania
First Mennonite Church in Brooklyn Brooklyn New York
Forest Hills Mennonite Church  Leola Pennsylvania
Friendship Community Church  Bronx New York
Grace Ubuntu Fellowship  Lancaster Pennsylvania
Hebron Mennonite Church  Hagerstown Maryland
Holly Grove Mennonite Church  Westover Maryland
Hope Community Church  Fleetwood Pennsylvania
Hope Community Fellowship of Phoenixville  Phoenixville Pennsylvania
Hopewell Mennonite Church  Reading Pennsylvania
Iglesia Evangelica Menonita Eben-Ezer  Bronx New York
Immanuel Community Church  Flushing New York
Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship  New York New York
Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen  Atglen Pennsylvania
Mennonite Congregation of Boston  Cambridge Massachusetts
Neffsville Mennonite Church  Lancaster Pennsylvania
North Baltimore Mennonite Church  Baltimore Maryland
Oley Valley Mennonite Church  Oley Pennsylvania
Pocomoke River Church  Pocomoke City Maryland
Promilenio Iglesia Menonita Cristiana  Queens New York
Ridgeview Mennonite Church  Gordonville Pennsylvania
Sandy Hill Community Church  Coatesville Pennsylvania
Zion Mennonite Church--Birdsboro  Birdsboro Pennsylvania

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Yearbook and Directory (1986-87): 49-51.

Mennonite Church USA Directory (2003): 38-40.

Lehman, Glenn. "Pennsylvania Seeds, Ohio Fruit." Gospel Herald (14 July 1987): 488-500.

Rudy, John. Unity and Diversity: Historical Highlights and Commentaries of God and His People 1978-2003. Morgantown, PA: Masthof Press, 2003. Includes ACC 25th anniversary highlights.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 2257 Old Philadelphia Pike Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone: 717-394-8107

Website: Atlantic Coast Conference


Author(s) Dennis R. Kuhns
Warren Tyson
Date Published July 2010


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Kuhns, Dennis R. and Warren Tyson. "Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 28 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Atlantic_Coast_Conference_of_Mennonite_Church_USA&oldid=74991.

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Kuhns, Dennis R. and Warren Tyson. (July 2010). Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Atlantic_Coast_Conference_of_Mennonite_Church_USA&oldid=74991.




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