Maplewood Mennonite Church (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA)

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The Fort Wayne Mennonite Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, began in 1960 as a church plant of the First Mennonite Church in Berne, Indiana. At first, a small group met in the Fort Wayne YMCA. The Berne church then purchased a parsonage in a developing suburb on the northeast side of Fort Wayne. The parsonage served as the congregation's meeting place for three years. When the suburb became known as Maplewood Park, the church took the name Maplewood Mennonite Church.

In 1961 the new fellowship purchased four acres of land across the street from the parsonage and built a church building. The Maplewood congregation held its first service in the new building on 23 December 1962. It soon began to host a nursery program in the new facility. The congregation enlarged the building substantially in 1974 with a new sanctuary and eight additional Sunday school rooms. The sanctuary was dedicated on 2 June 1974.

In 2022 the congregation was part of the Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.


Bohn, Doris. "Maplewood Mennonite Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana." The Mennonite 76, no. 43 (31 October 1961): 703.

"Maplewood Church has 'stone-laying'service." Central District Edition of The Mennonite (19 March 1974): A-8.

"Maplewood sanctuary dedicated June 2." Central District Edition of The Mennonite (23 July 1974): A-2.

"MMC 60th Anniversary." Maplewood Mennonite Church. 25 April 2021. Web. 31 October 2022.

Rich, Elaine Sommers, ed. Walking Together in Faith: The Central District Conference, 1957-1990. Bluffton, Ohio: The Conference, 2003: 75.

Additional Information

Address: 4219 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815

Phone: 260-485-8512


Denominational Affiliations: Central District Conference Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Maplewood Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Leonard Wiebe 1960-1974
Peter Neufeld (Interim) 1974-1975
Marvin Zehr 1975-1984
Dorothy Eberly (Youth) 1981-1989
Reuben Short (Interim) 1985-1986
Donald Heiser 1986-1993
Thomas Dyer (Associate)
Bradlee T. Bame (Associate) 1994-1998
Barry Lee Schmell 1999-2014
Rhoda Schrag (Supply) 2015
Tim Stair (Transitional) 2015-2016
Russell J. Jensen 2016-present

Membership at Maplewood Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1962 20
1970 129
1980 208
1990 179
2000 181
2009 148
2020 128

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published November 2022

Cite This Article

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Maplewood Mennonite Church (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2022. Web. 22 May 2024.,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=174246.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (November 2022). Maplewood Mennonite Church (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2024, from,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=174246.

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