Michigan State University Mennonite Fellowship (East Lansing, Michigan, USA)

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Michigan State University Mennonite Fellowship (also known as MSU Mennonite Fellowship), East Lansing, Michigan, USA, began with Michigan State University students meeting informally for worship on Sundays in the early 1970s. The MSU Mennonite Fellowship formally organized in 1973. It initially met Sunday mornings on an upper floor of the University's Student Union. Later it met in the Alumni Memorial Chapel on the Michigan State campus, and still later in a Seventh Day Adventist church. David F. Bishop was an early leader of the group.

It joined the Indiana-Michigan Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC) in 1975 and the General Conference Mennonite Church in 1977.

It had a long history as a supportive inter-generational community where members could explore questions about God and faith. Over 200 people were part of the Fellowship during their studies at MSU and have dispersed all over the United States and the world. MSU Mennonite Fellowship had two pastors over the course of its history, but most of the time relied on its members to organize and plan activities and services.

It was self-described as a liberal Mennonite church on its website. It ceased Sunday worship services in December 2012. Its membership typically ranged from 20-40. By the 2020s it was no longer listed as a member congregation of either the Central District Conference or the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, though its website remained active.


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Additional Information

Address: Lansing, Michigan


Website https://msumf.wordpress.com/

Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church USA

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

Central District Conference

Pastoral Leaders at MSU Mennonite Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
Lay leaders 1973-2000
June Mears Driedger 2000-2006
Lay leaders 2006-2008
Carole Ricketts Corey 2008-2013?

Membership at MSU Mennonite Fellowship

Year Membership
1977 37
1980 35
1990 39
2000 26
2009 40

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published November 2022

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Michigan State University Mennonite Fellowship (East Lansing, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2022. Web. 24 Jul 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Michigan_State_University_Mennonite_Fellowship_(East_Lansing,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=179243.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (November 2022). Michigan State University Mennonite Fellowship (East Lansing, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 July 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Michigan_State_University_Mennonite_Fellowship_(East_Lansing,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=179243.

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