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; Jim Musser as deacon on 7 December 2008, and Crit Lapp as pastor on 28 February 2010.

Membership in 2015 was 206, with approximately 75 families represented.


Biblical Mennonite Alliance. "BMA Congregational Directory with Pastors." August 2015.

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

Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship. "Church history." 2016. Web. 8 August 2016.

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


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

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Sam Steiner
Date Published August 2016

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