Cornerstone Mennonite Church (Memphis, Missouri, USA)

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Cornerstone Mennonite Church, 2013.
Photo by Sheila Martin.

Cornerstone Mennonite Church, located near Memphis, Missouri, USA, began 24 March 2001 as a Biblical Mennonite Alliance (BMA) church. The only minister of the church was killed in an accident in September 2004, leaving the church without leadership. The group asked Mid-Atlantic Mennonite Fellowship (MAMF) for help. Luke Martin was commissioned to serve as bishop in October 2006, officially making Cornerstone a MAMF church.

Services were held in a small church on 17th Street in the little town of Downing, Missouri. In June 2008, Lynn Horst from the Sharon congregation in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, moved to Missouri to serve as minister. The building in Downing became too small so a new church was built six miles (10 km) west of Memphis, in Scotland County, Missouri.

The first service was held at the new location on 5 April 2009.

On 4 October 2009, Clifford Martin was ordained as deacon. In 2013 the ministerial team consisted of Luke Martin, bishop (of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania); Lynn Horst, minister; Clifford Martin, deacon. As of 1 January 2013, membership at Cornerstone was 48 with an average attendance in the 80s.


Stauffer, Romaine, ed. Mid-Atlantic Mennonite Fellowship 1972-2013. Myerstown, Pa.: Little Mountain Printing, 2014.

Additional Information

Address: RR3 Box 218M Memphis, MO 63555

Direction from Keokuk: Take Route 136 West to Memphis. Go approximately six miles (10 km) and turn left on Dover Church Road. The church is on the right.

Phone: 660-883-5780


Denominational Affiliations: Mid-Atlantic Mennonite Fellowship

Cornerstone Mennonite Church Ordained Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Luke Martin (bishop) 2006-present
Lynn Horst (minister) 2008-present
Clifford Martin (deacon) 2009-present


Map:Cornerstone Mennonite Church (Memphis, Missouri, USA)

Author(s) Romaine Stauffer
Date Published April 2014

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Stauffer, Romaine. "Cornerstone Mennonite Church (Memphis, Missouri, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2014. Web. 27 Feb 2024.,_Missouri,_USA)&oldid=126838.

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Stauffer, Romaine. (April 2014). Cornerstone Mennonite Church (Memphis, Missouri, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 February 2024, from,_Missouri,_USA)&oldid=126838.

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