Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

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The Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship, Decatur, Georgia, USA, began in the fall of 1992 in the downtown area of Atlanta, meeting in the St. Paul United Methodist Church. In 1995 it became a member congregation of the Southeast Mennonite Convention of the Mennonite Church (MC).

It began when a small group left the Berea Mennonite Church to form a separate group.

In 1997 the Southeast Conference suspended the Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship for a year because the congregation had accepted into its membership a gay couple living in a covenanted relationship. The following year after negotiations, the congregation agreed to withdraw from the Southeast Conference as a voting member. After a three-year discernment process in 2002, the congregation cut ties with the conference. In 2004 it became a member of the Central District Conference.

For a time in the 2000s, the congregation met separately in the Berea Church's facilities. In 2011 the congregation began to rent space from the Atlanta Friends Meeting in Decatur, Georgia.

In 2021 the Fellowship reunited with the Berea Mennonite Church under the name of Atlanta Mennonite Church. The new group met at the former Berea location.

See also Atlanta Mennonite Church


"Atlanta rents worship spaces from Friends Meeting." Central District Conference Reporter 55, no. 6 (November 2011): 6.

Houser, Gordon. "Conference cuts ties with Atlanta church." theMennonite 5, no. 20 (15 October 2002); 6-7.

Loupe, Diane. "Pacifist Mennonite Church moves to Decatur." Patch. 22 August 2011.

Preheim, Rich. "Southeast Conference disciplinary action maintains warm relations with congregation." theMennonite 1, no. 40 (15 December 1998): 8

"Southeast moves toward separation with church." Gospel Herald 89, no. 43 (29 October 1996): 11.

"The Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship...." The Mennonite 107, no. 24 (22 December 1992): 567.

Weaver, Valerie. "Southeast Mennonite Conference suspends Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship for one year." Gospel Herald 90, no. 21 (27 May 1997): 9.

Additional Information




Denominational Affiliations: Central District Conference Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
Lay leaders 1995-2007?
James D. Rissler 2007?-2021

Membership at Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship

Year Membership
1995 20
2005 16
2020 16

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published April 2022

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