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In 2001, the Mennonite Denomination went through significant changes and required each church to decide whether or not to remain in the denomination. By unanimous decision, Living Truth Fellowship decided not to remain in the Mennonite denomination and joined the Hopewell Network of Churches.
After Pastor Amos retired in 1991, Pastor Dean Witmer became the new Pastor. He and his wife, Michelle, came form Lords House of Prayer in Lancaster. The church continued to grow spiritually and numerically, and in the year 2000 decided to change their name to Living Truth Fellowship in order to more accurately reflect the vision God had given them, and to break down the stereotypes often evoked by the name of a denomination.
Over the years the make-up of the congregation changed. After Amos Bontrager became pastor in the 1980s, Dave and Rita Kauffman were invited from Hopewell Christian Fellowship in Elverson to lead the church in a more contemporary style of worship. As the church grew, it became more familiar with the ministry and gifts of the Holy Spirit and saw many dynamic answers to prayer. Under Pastor Amos’ leadership, lots of traditional Mennonite practices were changed; such as from voting to census, elimination of foot washing services, and Baptism by full emersion as opposed to pouring.
The vision of it’s founding pastor, Herman Glick, was to provide a place for the Mennonites who have lost their way to find their way back to the Lord. After Pastor Glick moved on, Daryl Witmer pastured the young work for a short time. When he left the congregation began to look for an older, more seasoned pastor. The overseer, Melvin Naifsinger, with the congregations support called Bob Hershey to pastor the church in Christiana. Bob and Eva were pastors at the Lincoln University Mennonite Church for 19 years before coming to Christiana.
The church was originally called Christiana Mennonite Church and began as a church plant from Maple Grove Mennonite Church around 1972. The church grew out of a request from a Quaker Church to help them with a children’s Sunday school program. When the Quaker Church decided to move back into their original meeting house which had been restored, they offered to sell their building at 1 Penn Avenue, Christiana, PA to the group from Maple Grove Mennonite. Thus, Christiana Mennonite Church was established in the community of Christiana.