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'''Website''': http://www.wpmf.org/
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[http://franconiaconference.org/ Franconia Mennonite Conference]
[http://www.mennoniteusa.org/ Mennonite Church USA]
[http://mennoniteusa.org/ Mennonite Church USA]
[https://mosaicmennonites.org/ Mosaic Mennonite Conference]
== Pastoral Leaders at West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship ==
== Pastoral Leaders at West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship ==
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Latest revision as of 12:33, 15 July 2020

The West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship (WPMF) grew out of a small Bible study group from the Diamond Street Mennonite Church in the early 1980s that met in the home of Luke and Miriam Stoltzfus. This group had a vision for an internationally-focused Mennonite Church in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They agreed to be a core group for the emerging congregation and Diane Stitt was named as a church planter by the Franconia and Lancaster Mennonite conferences. Twenty-one people attended West Philadelphia’s first worship service on 1 July 1984. David Greiser and Diane Stitt served as the founding pastoral team.

In 2016 less than half of the congregation came from a traditional Mennonite heritage; the majority were from a variety of faith and cultural backgrounds. Over the years WPMF has sent many members into foreign service with Mennonite Central Committee and other mission agencies.

The congregation has always rented space, including the Second Mile Center on South 45th Street, and other venues. Since 2000 the congregation has met at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community (CCCC), a 1906 United Methodist church building that is also home to the Calvary United Methodist Church, the Grace Chapel Pentecostal Church, and the Kol Tzedek Synagogue, as well as a number of cultural, non-profit and civic organizations.

In a 2016 self-description on its "who we are" web page, the congregation writes: "As followers of Christ, our task is to open the door and accept, in love and humility, whomever the Spirit draws inside. And so we welcome people of any ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, status, physical or mental ability to join us on this journey drawing closer to God."


"Directory." Mennonite Church USA. 2016. Web. 18 November 2016. http://mennoniteusa.org/who-we-are/directory/. (Search for West Philadelphia)

"Our history." West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship. 2016. Web. 18 November 2016. http://www.wpmf.org/about-us/#history.

Additional Information

Address: 4740 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19143

Phone: 215-729-2050

Website: http://www.wpmf.org/

Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Church USA

Mosaic Mennonite Conference

Pastoral Leaders at West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
Diane Stitt 1983-1984
David Greiser 1984-1993
Elizabeth "Libby" Caes 1992-1998
J. Fred Kauffman 1994-2005
Lorie Christine Hershey 2007-present

Membership at West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship

Year Membership
1985 0
1995 99
2005 62
2015 91


Map:West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published November 2016

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Steiner, Samuel J. "West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2016. Web. 9 Aug 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Philadelphia_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168907.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (November 2016). West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 August 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Philadelphia_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168907.

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