Carroll Community Worship Center (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA)

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The Carroll Community Worship Center (Mennonite Church USA) was originally known as the Anderson Mennonite Church. The first Mennonite Sunday school in the area was conducted by Henry Easterday and Lee Sailors of the Fort Wayne Mennonite mission in May 1933. The work was sponsored by the Leo congregation until its organization as a separate church in 1940. The building used for worship was an abandoned Baptist church.

The first pastor, Joseph S. Neuhouser, ministered to the spiritual needs of the congregation from its beginning until the 1950s. The membership in 1953 was fifteen; in 2009 it was 59. The congregation also sponsored a mission Sunday school fifteen miles south of Fort Wayne, near Ossian, Indiana. The pastor in 2009 was Verlin Haarer.

In 2015 the Carroll Community Worship Center congregation withdrew from the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. This move was part of a larger realignment of Mennonite congregations in the 2010s that were formerly part of Mennonite Church USA. These congregations were unhappy with Mennonite Church USA's failure to take stronger disciplinary actions against area conferences and congregations who expressed openness to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Carroll Community Worship Center became part of the Evana Network.

Additional Information

Address: 4506 Carroll Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Phone: 260-637-2309

Website: Carroll Community Worship Center

Denominational/Network Affiliations:

Evana Network


Map:Carroll Community Worship Center (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Author(s) J. S Neuhouser
Date Published 1953

Cite This Article

MLA style

Neuhouser, J. S. "Carroll Community Worship Center (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 4 Jul 2022.,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=148741.

APA style

Neuhouser, J. S. (1953). Carroll Community Worship Center (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 4 July 2022, from,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=148741.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 119. All rights reserved.

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