Mosaic welcomes Florida churches

Eight former Southeast Mennonite Conference congregations joined Mosaic Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA on Nov. 7 during Mosaic’s annual assembly. — Anabaptist World Eight former Southeast Mennonite Conference congregations joined Mosaic Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA on Nov. 7 during Mosaic’s annual assembly. — Anabaptist World

Mosaic Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA welcomed eight Florida congregations into membership Nov. 7 at its annual assembly, which met online. The congregations were members of the former Southeast Mennonite Conference.

“Watching Mosaic Conference welcome these congregations was a highlight of the assembly for me,” said Michael Danner, MC USA associate executive director for church vitality, in an MC USA release. “In the midst of uncertainty following Southeast Mennonite Conference’s exit from MC USA in 2019, Mosaic worked intentionally with these congregational leaders to develop a mutual and supportive home and partnership.”

The eight congregations are:

— College Hill Mennonite Church, Tampa; Pastor Roy Williams.

— Homestead Mennonite Church, Homestead; Drane Reynolds, contact person.

Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Shalom, Tampa; Pastor Secundino Casas-Martínez.

Iglesia Menonita Encuentro de Renovación, Miami; Pastor José Andrés Mendoza.

Iglesia Menonita Luz y Verdad, Lakeland; Pastor Lydia de Jesús.

Iglesia Menonita Luz y Vida, Orlando; Pastor Tomás Ramírez.

Iglesia Seguidores de Cristo, Sarasota; Pastor Juan José Rivera.

— North Tampa Christian Fellowship, Tampa; Pastor Carl Walcott.

Southeast Conference delegates voted in October 2018 to leave MC USA after a three-year discernment process. At the time, Southeast Conference counted 25 congregations. One year later, 13 Southeast congregations voted to join LMC: A Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches. Others have joined MC USA’s Central District Conference.

Mosaic Conference was formed by the 2019 reconciliation of Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite conferences. Based in Lansdale, Pa., it counts more than 60 congregations in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

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