Emmanuel Fellowship Church (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA)

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The Emmanuel Fellowship Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA was started in 1967. The church had its origins in some Old Order River Brethren families that sought reforms in their spiritual lives. This included changing the custom of postponing baptism and joining the church until after marriage. Influences from other conservative Mennonite denominations gave impetus to this revivalist shift, including services led by Mervin Baer and Roman Mullet.

In late 1966 the group requested assistance from conservative Amish Mennonite leaders. Yost Miller, Uria Shetler and Jonas J. E. Miller from Holmes County, Ohio, and Eli Tice from Myersville, Pennsylvania provided assistance, and offered to supply a minister every two weeks. Sunday school was held on the off weeks. William McGrath also preached for the group on occasion in 1965-1966. The small congregation purchased a small church building in St. Thomas, Pennsylvania. They began their own day school in fall 1967.

In 2018 the church had 70 members and was a member of the Mennonite Christian Fellowship. The ministerial team included Ministers Keith Sensenig and Deacons Mark L. Rock and Lynn Edward Gayman.


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Additional Information

Address: 2643 Apple Way, Chambersburg, PA 17202

Phone: 717-369-4550

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Christian Fellowship

Ordained Leaders at Emmanuel Fellowship Church

Name Years
of Service
Yost H. Miller (Bishop) 1966-1969
Reuben Kauffman (Minister)
Jacob S. Byers (Minister)
Thomas O. Rock (Minister)
Seth J. Miller (Deacon) 1972-2002?
D. Ray Byers (Minister) 1974-1986
Lynn Diller (Minister) 1989-1993
Keith Sensenig (Minister) 1996-
Mark Rock (Minister)
Lynn Gayman (Deacon) 2007-


Emmanuel Fellowship Church

Author(s) Richard D. Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published April 2018

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Emmanuel Fellowship Church (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2018. Web. 27 Feb 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Emmanuel_Fellowship_Church_(Chambersburg,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=165593.

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. (April 2018). Emmanuel Fellowship Church (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 February 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Emmanuel_Fellowship_Church_(Chambersburg,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=165593.

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