Fellowship of Evangelical Churches

The Fellowship of Evangelical Churches (FEC) is an evangelical body of Christians with an Amish Mennonite heritage that is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States. It contains 60 churches located in Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.[2]

Fellowship of Evangelical Churches
Location1420 Kerrway Court
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805[1]
CountryUnited States
Membership60 churches[2]
Former name(s)Egly-Amish, Defenseless Mennonites, Evangelical Mennonite Church
EventsFEC Convention (annual)


Beginnings as Egly AmishEdit

In the first half of the 19th century, the time before the Amish split into Amish Mennonites and Old Order Amish, several members of the Amish Egly family immigrated from Baden, Germany, to North America. 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.[3] In the beginning the Egly Amish church was very strict in regard to discipline and dress, but later developed in the same direction as the Amish Mennonites, that is towards the Mennonite mainstream, away from the Amish heritage.[4]

Defenseless MennonitesEdit

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.[3]

Evangelical Mennonite ChurchEdit

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 their Anabaptist and Evangelical beliefs.[3]

Fellowship of Evangelical ChurchesEdit

On 2 August 2003, the Evangelical Mennonite Church voted to be known as the "Fellowship of Evangelical Churches", or FEC.[3]


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 Lord's 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. 55 percent of the churches are located in Illinois and Indiana. All FEC ministries are funded by voluntary donations of congregations and individuals.

Branches and connectionsEdit

Affiliated organizationsEdit

These organizations have their own governing boards but are affiliated solely with the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches.

  • Miracle Camp and Retreat Center[5]
  • Life Change Camp and Retreat Center[6]
  • Salem4Youth[7]
  • Christian Service Foundation[8][2]

Affiliated churchesEdit


  • Lifegate Church


  • Lakeview Bible Church


  • Calvary Community 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
  • Living Hope Community Church
  • New Beginnings Church
  • Northwoods Community Church
  • Oak Grove Evangelical Bible Church
  • Rock Creek Bible Church
  • Salem Church


  • Berne Evangelical Church
  • Brookside Church
  • Crossview Church
  • Highland Gospel Community
  • Mission Church
  • Pine Hills Church
  • Sonlight Community Church
  • Upland Community Church
  • Westwood Fellowship


  • Grace Community Church
  • Grace Community Fellowship
  • Grace Crossing
  • New Anthem Community Church
  • Sterling Evangelical Bible Church


  • The Hill
  • Life Community Church
  • Moss Brook Community Church


  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Comins Mennonite Church
  • Lawton Evangelical Church
  • Neighborhood Church
  • The Remedy


  • The Real Tree Church
  • True North


  • Bethel Mennonite Church
  • Freedom Point
  • 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
  • Pathway Church
  • Solid Rock Community Church
  • Wave Community Church


  • River City Church[2]


  • 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).


  1. ^ Churches, Fellowship of Evangelical. "Contact". Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Churches, Fellowship of Evangelical. "Our Churches". Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Churches, Fellowship of Evangelical. "Our History". Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  4. ^ Fellowship of Evangelical Churches at Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online.
  5. ^ Miracle Camp and Retreat Center
  6. ^ Life Change Camp and Retreat Center
  7. ^ Salem4Youth
  8. ^ Christian Service Foundation

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