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The James Street Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA)(initially Lancaster Mennonite Mission (Mennonite Church), then called the Vine Street Mission and still later the Charlotte Street Mennonite Church)  was first was opened on North Street on 4 July 1896 following the organization of the Lancaster Sunday School Mission. It later was located in a former Baptist church at 112 E. Vine Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. B. F. Herr and David Lantz were the first superintendents. By 1899 the mission was located at 462 Rockland Street, and by 1908 at the Vine Street address. The John Mosemanns, D. Parke Lantz, D. Stoner Krady, and others received valuable missionary experience here. For a time Weaver's Book Store and Printery was housed in the basement. The 1954 membership was 85, with Frank M. Enck as pastor.

The mission continued at Vine Street with sporadic interruption until 1974. From 1974 to 2000 it was located at 343 North Charlotte Street. It then moved to a converted brick warehouse in northwest Lancaster on James Street. The 2007 membership was 196; Stan Shantz served as the leading pastor.

In April 2017 James Street transferred its membership to the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA. This decision was taken after the Lancaster Mennonite Conference decided in 2015 to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA before the end of 2017.

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James Street Mennonite Church. "JMSC today."  2008.  Accessed 9 February 2008. <>

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Address: 323 West James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603-2911

Phone: 717-397-6707

Website: James Street Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church USA

Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA

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Map:James Street Mennonite Church (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA)

Author(s) Ira D. Landis
Sam Steiner
Date Published February 2008

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Landis, Ira D. and Sam Steiner. "James Street Mennonite Church (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2008. Web. 26 Jun 2017.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=148577.

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Landis, Ira D. and Sam Steiner. (February 2008). James Street Mennonite Church (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 June 2017, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=148577.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 279. All rights reserved.

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