Fellowship of Evangelical Churches

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Denominational Profile

History

Evangelical Mennonite Church

renamed toFellowship of Evangelical Churches (2003)

 

The Fellowship of Evangelical Churches grew out of a spiritual awakening among the Amish of Indiana in 1866. Its founder was Bishop Henry Egly. This group adopted the name "The Defenseless Mennonite Church" in 1898, and became known as the Evangelical Mennonite Church in 1948. It took its present name in 2003.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
2003 178 37 13,043
2004 178 37 6,496
2005 180 42 12,906
2006 172 42 14,078
2007 188 42 6,621
2008 179 44 6,933
2009 181 45 7,137

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]