About

We are an open and affirming Anabaptist congregation that meets for worship and fellowship, journeying together as followers of Jesus in Philadelphia.

Our roots are in the Anabaptist experience of the Protestant Reformation. We teach peacemaking, believers baptism, and following the teachings of Jesus, valuing the community of faith as a central part of the Gospel. Together, we cultivate our experience of worship, nurture and outreach.

Children and youth are important to us. We include a Children’s Time in every Sunday morning worship service, and regularly welcome the participation of children. Sunday School is held every week through the school year for both children and adults. Junior and senior high school youth meet about once a month, outside of church time, for fun events and activities.

Community is very important to us but the larger communities in which we live and worship are also important to us and we strive to be active voices in the communities around us.

As followers of Christ, our calling is to open the door and accept, in love and humility, whomever the Spirit draws inside. 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 and to each other.

WPMF members intently reading a book.
Tim and the Stolzfuses

History

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

Over the years, many people have come and gone and we have worshiped in many places. All have left a mark on who we are today. From Sunday evening church over the Second Mile Thrift store in 1984, we moved to The Calvary Center on 48th and Baltimore from 1986 to 1988. Desiring space where we could meet on Sunday mornings, we moved to the Intercultural Family Services building on the 4300 block of Chestnut St. In 1999 we returned to The Calvary Center, sharing the Sunday morning worship space with Calvary United Methodist Church.

In 2023, in a very unexpected turn of events, we found ourselves owning a space at 123 S. 51st St, a space that had been very well-loved by the Mosaic Community Church and an important part of the Walnut Hill neighborhood. We are truly grateful for their legacy to us and to this neighborhood.

Our Leadership

Meet our pastor, office staff, and the committees that support and guide our church and community.

About Mennonites

The Mennonite Church grew out of the Radical Reformation in Europe, when the Anabaptists imitated the first century Christian church.

Sunday Mornings

We meet each Sunday morning from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. with child and adult Sunday School classes being held from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

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