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Egly-Amish, Defenseless Mennonites, Evangelical Mennonite Church
Mennonite Church Canada, Conservative Congregational Christian, Fellowship of Grace Brethren, Friends United Meeting, American Association of Luther
The Fellowship of Evangelical Churches (FEC) is an evangelical body of Christians with a Mennonite heritage that is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The FEC contains 60 churches located in Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches Wikipedia
Several members of the Amish Mennonite Egly family immigrated to North America in the 19th century. Among them was Henry Egly (1824–1890). Egly was elected deacon of a Berne-Geneva Amish church in Indiana. In 1858, Egly was then elected bishop of the Berne-Geneva Amish Church. Egly, who insisted on the new birth experience, withdrew from the Amish church. Approximately half of the congregation withdrew as well. In 1866, the first Egly-Amish church was created in Berne, Indiana.
The Egly-Amish officially adopted the name "Defenseless Mennonite" on 6 November 1908 as the congregation wanted to be known as more Mennonite rather than Amish.
In 1942, the Defenseless Mennonites were charter members in the founding of the National Association of Evangelicals. Later, in 1948, their name was changed to "Evangelical Mennonite Church" to reflect both thei Anabaptist and Evangelical beliefs.
On 2 August 2003, the Evangelical Mennonite Church voted to be known as the "Fellowship of Evangelical Churches", or FEC.
The Defenseless Mennonite Conference published its Confession of Faith, Rules and Discipline in 1917. The confession of faith was revised in 1937, 1949, 1961, and 1980. It contains 12 articles of faith. The Lords supper is observed with open communion.
The conference office is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The FEC organization is governed through a congregational form of governance. Local congregations elect delegates to a delegate body, which in turn elects the conference leadership. The conference is composed of 34 churches in the Midwest of the United States with 5278 members. Fifty-five percent of the churches are located in Illinois and Indiana. All FEC ministries are funded by voluntary donations of congregations and individuals.The Missionary Church Association came out of the "Egly Amish" in 1898 (see Missionary Church).
The Evangelical Mennonite Church is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals.
These organizations have their own governing boards but are affiliated solely with the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches.Miracle Camp and Retreat Center
Life Change Camp and Retreat Center
Christian Service Foundation
Lakeview Bible Church
Boynton Mennonite Church
Calvary Evangelical Mennonite Church
Crossroads Church of Monticello
Dewey Community Church
Eureka Bible Church
Grace Evangelical Church
Great Oaks Community Church
Groveland Evangelical Mennonite Church
Heartland Community Church
Jacob’s Well Community Church
New Beginnings Church
Northwoods Community Church
Oak Grove Evangelical Bible Church
Rock Creek Bible Church
Berne Evangelical Church
Highland Gospel Community
Pine Hills Church
Sonlight Community Church
Upland Community Church
Grace Community Church
Sterling Evangelical Bible Church
Grace Community Fellowship
New Anthem Community Church
Moss Brook Community Church
Life Community Church
Church of the Good Shepherd
Comins Mennonite Church
Lawton Evangelical Church
The Real Tree Church
Bethel Mennonite Church
Harrisonville Community Church
PeaRidge Community Church
Archbold Evangelical Church
Catalyst Community Church
Christ the King Church
Crossroads Evangelical Church
Evermore Community Church
Life Church of Loraine County
Life Community Church
Oak Bend Church
Solid Rock Community Church
Wave Community Church
River City Church
Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill, and Craig D. Atwood: Handbook of Denominations in the United States.
Cornelius J. Dyck, Dennis D. Martin, et al., editors: Mennonite Encyclopedia.
Glenmary Research Center: Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States (2000).