CrossWay Church (Ocean City, Maryland, USA)

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The Ocean City Mennonite Church began in 1983 in the summer resort town of Ocean City, Maryland, USA. It started as a church plant of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but also had some early funding from the Allegheny Mennonite Conference which had a Voluntary Service unit in the area. Chuck and Joyce Hostetter provided the early vision for the work.

The Hostetters held the first service on 27 November 1983 in their home. In March 1984 they leased a garage building several miles from town that the congregation extensively renovated. The congregation formally organized on 9 November 1986 with 20 members. The church then erected a new building on the site that was dedicated on 25 October 1987.

Sometime in 2008 or 2009, the congregation changed its name to CrossWay Church.

In 2021 the congregation was part of the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA. The minister was Dan Kemper.


Beachy, Kenton. "Ocean City Church is one year old." Atlantic Coast Conference Currents 6, no. 1 (January-February 1985): 2.

"Chuck Hostetter was ordained...." Gospel Herald 79, no. 46 (18 November 1986): 793.

Goldfus, Ruth. "Leadership chosen for Ocean City church planting." Atlantic Coast Conference Currents 4, no. 5 (September-October 1983): 1.

Hostetter, Joyce. "Ocean City completes new facilities." Atlantic Coast Conference Currents 9, no. 1 (January-February 1988): 2.

Additional Information

Address: 11811 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842

Phone: 410-213-1211


Denominational Affiliations: Atlantic Coast Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at CrossWay Church

Name Years
of Service
Benjamin Charles "Chuck" Hostetter 1983-1994
P. Melville Nafziger (1924-2020) (Interim) 1994-1995
Robert L. Miller 1995-2002?
Nathan R. Hyde 2007-2014
H. Wesley Boyer (Intentional Interim) 2015-2016
Daniel H. Kemper 2016-present

Membership at CrossWay Church

Year Membership
1986 20
1990 31
2000 33
2007 33
2020 20

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published November 2021

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