Gulf States Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)

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The Gulf States Mennonite Fellowship in 1988 had 11 congregations with 517 members in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. Included were Native American (Indian), Afro-American, Cajun, and Hispanic Mennonites. Early settlements of Mennonites (1920s) were made in Noxubee and Harrison Counties, MS; St. Charles Parish, LA; and Atmore, AL. Although the primary goal of these settlements was inexpensive farm land, in the late 1980s the resulting congregations are increasingly becoming centers for mission outreach. Des Allemands Mennonite Church, St. Charles, LA is the largest of those congregations in southeastern United States that are not composed of people from Germanic Mennonite background. Amor Viviente congregation in New Orleans (a member of GSMF) is a mission work among Hispanic people from Central America begun by mission workers sent by their parent church, Amor Viviente, a Mennonite-affiliated church in Honduras.

In 2010 the following congregations were members of the Gulf States Mennonite Conference:

Congregation City State
Choctaw Christian Church   Choctaw Mississippi
Cornerstone Community Church  Macon Mississippi
Des Allemands Mennonite Church  Des Allemands Louisiana
Faith Community Church  El Dorado Arkansas
Gulfhaven Mennonite Church  Gulfport Mississippi
Iglesia Amor Viviente  Metairie Louisiana
Jubilee Mennonite Church  Meridian Mississippi
Lighthouse Fellowship Church  Buras Louisiana
Mashulaville Mennonite Fellowship  Macon Mississippi
Nanih Waiya Indian Mennonite Church  Macon Mississippi
Open Door Mennonite Church  Jackson Mississippi
Pearl River Mennonite Church  Philadelphia Mississippi
Poarch Community Church  Atmore Alabama


Erb, Paul.South Central Frontiers : a History of the South Central Mennonite Conference. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1974.

Horsch, James E., ed. Mennonite Yearbook and Directory. Scottdale: Mennonite Publishing House. (1988-89): 58.

Author(s) Robert O Zehr
Date Published July 2010

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Zehr, Robert O. "Gulf States Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 21 May 2018.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 358. All rights reserved.

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