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The Keystone Mennonite Fellowship (KMF) officially formed on 19 March 1999 when 15 congregations with a total of 906 members, three bishops, 23 ministers, 14 deacons, and six retired leaders were granted release from Lancaster Mennonite Conference. The separation was by mutual agreement and with the official sanction and blessing of Lancaster conference, and resulted from a discussion process that extended over 14 years, 1985-1999. KMF was organized to provide a structure for fellowship and practice among congregations of like beliefs and convictions. The 15 congregations included: Blandon Mennonite Fellowship, Bradford Mennonite Church, Cross Roads Mennonite Church, East District Mennonite Church, Fairview Mennonite Church, Faith Mennonite Fellowship, Living Water Mennonite Fellowship, Marietta Mennonite Church, Myerstown Mennonite Church, Oak Shade Mennonite Church, Oakwood Mennonite Church, Rawlinsville Mennonite Church, Tidings of Peace Mennonite Church, Valley Mennonite Church, and Womelsdorf Mennonite Church. They were joined by Lock Haven Mennonite Church, an unaffiliated congregation.

Keystone Mennonite Fellowship adheres to the 1963 Mennonite Confession of Faith and an additional written supplement as its standard of faith and practice. Some areas addressed in the supplement include: the sanctity of life, God’s delegation of leadership in the church to men, the permanency of marriage, discipleship and nonconformity, love and nonresistance, and the separation of church and state.

The KMF Messenger is the bimonthly periodical published by the publication committee. It contains fellowship-wide news and articles on Christian living and biblical doctrines.

Fellowship programs include: Christian worker workshops, leadership training sessions, semi-annual assembly conferences, monthly bishop meetings, and annual winter Bible schools. Other activities include summer children’s camps, youth activities, a three-day summer youth conference, and activities for singles.

KMF is a participating member of Olive Branch Mennonite Missions. KMF provides several board members as well as personnel for programs in Grenada, Nicaragua, and Cherry Creek, South Dakota. It also participates with Christian Aid Ministries for world material aid and for disaster response.

In 2009 there were 19 congregations with a total of 1,473 members located in eight counties in Pennsylvania and Cecil County, Maryland:

Congregation City State Founded Members
Blandon Mennonite Fellowship Blandon Pennsylvania 1989 49
Bradford Mennonite Church Bradford Pennsylvania 1992 37
Cross Roads Mennonite Church Richfield Pennsylvania 1774 133
East District Mennonite Church Watsontown Pennsylvania 1959 125
Fairview Mennonite Church Reading Pennsylvania 1946 120
Faith Mennonite Fellowship Stevens Pennsylvania 1985 203
Lichty's Mennonite Church East Earl Pennsylvania 1889 120
Living Water Mennonite Fellowship Reinholds Pennsylvania 1995 96
Lock Haven Mennonite Church Lock Haven Pennsylvania 1996 41
Marietta Mennonite Church Marietta Pennsylvania 1938 52
Mount Hope Mennonite Church Manheim Pennsylvania 1982 65
Myerstown Mennonite Church Myerstown Pennsylvania 1958 135
Oak Shade Mennonite Church Quarryville Pennsylvania 1933 29
Oakwood Mennonite Church Conowingo Maryland 1950 27
Rawlinsville Mennonite Church Holtwood Pennsylvania 1926 57
Tidings of Peace Mennonite Church York Pennsylvania 1950 22
Valley Mennonite Church Madisonburg Pennsylvania 1958 35
Word of Life Mennonite Fellowship Lititz Pennsylvania 2003 103
Zion Christian Fellowship Lebanon Pennsylvania 2000 24
Total 1,473

Bibliography

Mennonite Church Directory 2010. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2010: 74-76.

Oswald, Laurie L. "15 Churches Leave Lancaster Conference." Mennonite Weekly Review (27 May 1999): 1-2.


Author(s) Isaac W. Gehman
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published May 2012


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