Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship (Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA)

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In the fall 1997, a group of families interested in doctrinal stability, evangelism and focused worship, started an independent Mennonite church in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA. Meetings were first held on Sunday evenings in Ephrata Mennonite School gym. The first Sunday morning service was held 1 March 1998 at the Lincoln Fire Hall.

Several months later, Ephrata Mennonite Church built a larger facility, and the Cornerstone group bought the older building. The first service held there was on 18 October 1998. In October 2002, the adjoining property on Fulton Street was purchased to support church programs

Clair Martin was affirmed by the congregation as pastor on 8 July 1998. Charter Day was held on 23 August 1998, with 68 members and 24 families represented. As the congregation grew, additional leadership was needed. Nelson Gehman was called as pastor on 23 May 1999; Jay Laughman as deacon on 12 December 1999; Dave Martin as deacon on 6 April 2003; and Jim Musser as deacon on 7 December 2008. Crit Lapp was ordained as pastor on 28 February 2010, but in 2017 he left to serve as administrator at the Elnora Bible Institute.

Membership in 2019 was 197, with approximately 75 families represented.


Biblical Mennonite Alliance. Directory (August 2015); (2019): 20.

Biblical Mennonite Alliance. "Directory of BMA Congregations." Web. 3 May 2012.

Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship. "Church history." 2017. Web. 11 May 2019.

Hershberger, Brenda. Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2012-13. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2012: 38.

Additional Information

Address: 240 South Oak Street, Ephrata, PA 17522

Phone: 717-733-9494

Website: Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship

Denominational Affiliation: Biblical Mennonite Alliance

Ordained Pastors at Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
E. Clair Martin 1998-present
Nelson Gehman 1999-present
Crit Lapp 2010-2017
Andy Rutt 2017-present

Membership at Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship

Year Membership
1998 68
2007 177
2015 206
2019 197


Map:Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship (Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA)

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published May 2019

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Thiessen, Richard D and Samuel J. Steiner. "Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship (Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2019. Web. 26 Feb 2024.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=165732.

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Thiessen, Richard D and Samuel J. Steiner. (May 2019). Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship (Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 February 2024, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=165732.

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