Maple City Chapel, a member of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, opened in February 1971 as the Teen Haven coffee house in downtown Goshen, Indiana. From its beginnings the intent was that young people from the community would find the coffee house to be a place where trusting relationships could be developed and salvation in Jesus Christ experienced. While many of the youth, with their hippie-like appearance, were not always well received by traditional churches in the area, these same churches encouraged the group to start their own services to train and disciple the new believers.
The first official church service was held on 5 September 1971. By October the facility at 114 West Washington Street was filled with "street kids". In July 1974 the name Maple City Chapel was chosen as a reflection of the chapel's mission to be involved in the city of Goshen with its beautiful maple tree-lined streets. Needing more space, the chapel moved in 1980 south of downtown to Bethany Christian High School for the next three years. In 1982, the vacated Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church building at 423 East Jefferson Street was purchased and the group of 145 members began holding services downtown again.
Maple City Chapel was blessed with steady growth and by 1998 the Jefferson Street facility was at capacity. Eventually the former Wal-Mart/Hollywood Connections building was acquired and the first service at 2015 Lincolnway East was held on 27 July 2003.
Maple City Chapel is known for its creative approach to ministry and strong volunteer base. The church uses video technology, live bands and relevant sermons to reach the greater Goshen community. They believe that the Message never changes but the methods of communication certainly do.
In 2011 the leading minister was Melvin L. Shetler and the congregational membership was 563.
Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2011. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2011: 50.
Maple City Chapel. "Who We Are." Web. 18 April 2012. http://www.maplecitychapel.org/goshen_church_about_MCC.php.
Mailing Address: 2015 Lincolnway E, Goshen IN 46526-6416
Location: 2015 Lincolnway East, Goshen, Indiana
Website: Maple City Chapel
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||April 2012|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Maple City Chapel (Goshen, Indiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2012. Web. 24 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maple_City_Chapel_(Goshen,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=83405.
Thiessen, Richard D. (April 2012). Maple City Chapel (Goshen, Indiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maple_City_Chapel_(Goshen,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=83405.
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