Way Thru Christ Community Fellowship, The (Chester, Pennsylvania, USA)

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The Way Thru Christ Community Fellowship (formerly Way Through Christ Ministry) in Chester, Pennsylvania began in May 1989 as a church plant of the Lighthouse Mennonite Fellowship of Upland, Pennsylvania. It began in a mostly African-American part of west Chester, but in 2001 moved to a former Presbyterian Church in a more multi-cultural area of the city. A Spanish-language congregation also meets at the church.

For its first four years the congregation used rented space. In 1993 it purchased a former Ukrainian Catholic American Citizens Social Club that was owned by the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church. 

Members of the congregation walk through the neighboring community every Saturday morning to connect and to distribute tracts. Since 2009, prior to worship, the congregation has gathered at the front of the sanctuary to confess sins and to pray for those are lost or fallen away. 

Alvin Motley has been the lead pastor of the congregation since its formation.


Raftery, Kay. "The Way Through Christ Ministry a New Calling For Club In Chester." Philadelphia Inquirer (1 December 1993). Web. 7 December 2011. http://articles.philly.com/1993-12-01/news/25941384_1_congregation-permanent-church-parochial-school.

"The Way Thru Christ Community Fellowship." ShalomNews.Net (March-April 2009). Web. 7 December 2011. http://www.shalomnews.net/Number_1/waythrucrist.html

Additional Information

Address: 2305 Edgmont Avenue, Chester, Pennsylvania 19013

Phone: 610-874-6351

Denominational Affiliations:

Lancaster Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA 

African American Mennonite Association

Pastoral Leaders at The Way Thru Christ

Pastors Years of Service
Alvin Motley  1989- 

Membership at The Way Thru Christ

Year Members
1993  75 
2003  140 
2011  160 


Map:Way Thru Christ Community Church (Chester, Pennsylvania)

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2011

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