Berea Mennonite Fellowship (Rutherford, Tennessee, USA)

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Berea Mennonite Fellowship is located in Rutherford, Tennessee, USA. The church originated as an outreach of the Mount Zion Mennonite Church. In October 1996 the Mount Zion congregation agreed to begin another church through colonization in a new area. It planned for 8-10 families, including two ordained leaders to lead the effort. Bishop Steve Yoder and minister David Schrock were chosen for this role in late 1996.

Possible locations in nine states were scouted in early 1997. Rutherford, Tennessee has been explored in the first trip, but discarded as undesirable because of heat and humidity. But eventually the focus returned to Rutherford. The first families moved to Rutherford in September 1997, with the first services held 12 October 1997 in John Witmer's living room. School started that fall with four students. The congregation was formally established on 3 December 1997.

A school house was built on China Grove Road in 1999, followed later by a church building on the same property. Previously the congregation rented an old Methodist church.

In 2018 the church had 104 members and was a member of the Mennonite Christian Fellowship. The ministerial team included Bishop Steve Yoder, Ministers David Schrock and Aaron Witmer, and Deacons Marlin Miller and Silas Troyer.


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Additional Information

Address: 446 China Grove Rd, Rutherford, Tennessee



Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Christian Fellowship

Ordained Leaders at Berea Mennonite Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
Steve Yoder (Bishop) 1997-present
David Schrock 1998-2003?
Wayne Hostetler 1999-2016
Aaron Witmer 2010-present


Berea Mennonite Church

Author(s) Richard D. Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published November 2018

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Berea Mennonite Fellowship (Rutherford, Tennessee, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2018. Web. 29 Nov 2023.,_Tennessee,_USA)&oldid=165798.

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. (November 2018). Berea Mennonite Fellowship (Rutherford, Tennessee, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2023, from,_Tennessee,_USA)&oldid=165798.

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