We are a diverse family of ordinary people following Jesus and finding hope.
The good news of Jesus is transforming our lives! As it does, we are sent by Jesus to be good news in our city and our world. Together we are learning to be, make, and multiply disciples of Jesus in our own homes, neighborhoods, and networks to God’s glory and the world’s good.
Fellowship Missionary Church began in 1982 with a handful of pioneers, none of whom was older than 40, but all of whom were committed to bringing the light of the gospel to southeast Fort Wayne. This dedicated, inexperienced bunch of dreamers stepped out in faith… and God blessed.
Over the years, the southeast part of our city – our neighborhood – began to change. Factories shut down and business moved. The local shopping mall closed. The tax-base was compromised and schools struggled. Thousands fled to the suburbs. The FMC leadership began to ask, “Should we move too?”
But God made it clear: “I planted you in this part of your city to love these people, to bring my light and life to all who live here.” So we stayed… and God has blessed.
Intentionally embracing the beauty of the diversity of our neighborhood, today Fellowship is a multi-cultural, multi-generational, missional family that is seeking to love God, love others and live Jesus everywhere we go.
We are excited to step into our future together under the visionary leadership of Senior Pastor Joe Johns. After over 34 years of faithful, fruitful ministry, founding Pastor Dave DeSelm passed the baton to Pastor Joe in January 2017, becoming only the second Senior Pastor in Fellowship’s journey. We look forward to the next chapter in the story of the Fellowship Family!Visit Us
We believe when Jesus gave His Great Commission to “Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt. 28:19), it wasn’t just meant for elite followers and not others. It was a calling for every Christian! Everyday, ordinary people can be, make, and multiply disciples of Jesus! It’s our mission.
More specifically, we believe all disciples have a unique role to play and a context into which God has sent them to be good news. It’s their mission!
As we move forward as a family of faith, we are increasingly committed to seeing everyday, ordinary disciples discover their mission and be equipped to fulfill it. We are seeking to encourage people to orient their lives around the things Jesus did: His relationship with the Father, His relationship with His spiritual family, and His relationship with a broken and hurting world.
As more and more everyday, ordinary people start living Jesus everywhere, we will see a little bit of heaven right here on earth.
There are a lot of ways to engage at Fellowship – from classes, to gatherings, to opportunities to grow and serve. Click HERE to download the latest Ministry Calendar.
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Life isn’t meant to be lived alone! At Fellowship you'll find lots of opportunities for meaningful connection with others on your journey.
We value the next generation here at Fellowship. Because of that, we long to see our youth grow in their identity and mission as disciples of Jesus.
Whether you're just entering middle school or just graduating college, there's a community for you at FMC. Come engage with us as we stretch and strengthen our faith together!
For information about anything connected to our Youth or Young Adult Ministries please contact Ashley Madak.Contact
Life isn’t meant to be lived alone, nor are we meant to go on our faith journey by ourselves. There are a variety of ministry opportunities for the adult community to participate in here at Fellowship. Whether you want to learn, grow, or serve – there’s a spot for you. Below you will find the current ministry areas where you can connect with others through weekly gatherings, special events, classes, or serving opportunities.
Fellowship’s local partnerships combine both disciple-making and sustainable community development practices. We want to love our Fort Wayne neighbors and invite them to meet and follow Jesus. But when those neighbors and communities are impacted by poverty, it requires a deeper and smarter kind of love that avoids diminishing the dignified image of God resident in each neighbor. The following partnerships represents some of the ways we go about doing that.
Fellowship has many mission partners being and making disciples around the world. Several are long-term families, originally sent out from Fellowship over two decades ago to be good news to the contexts around the world to which God has called them. Through their organizations, these men and women lead the way in engaging God’s global mission as every day disciple-makers. As some minister in insecure and dangerous locations, their names are withheld from the web.
Please pick up a prayer card at Fellowship’s Global Mission area in the Atrium to see and be in prayer for these families on mission!
Help us further our shared mission by providing us some details about yourself! Your responses will be crucial in building a brand-new database of our members, attenders, and visitors. With your participation, you'll be helping us Live Jesus Everywhere! Click below to begin:Take the Survey
Fellowship has been a part of God’s work in Fort Wayne for over three decades in a very unique way. We have a God-centered, Kingdom-focused mission we invite you to join us in, and a staff that looks forward to equipping you for it.
Living Jesus Everywhere
Fellowship Missionary Church exists to glorify God and extend His Kingdom by making disciples in the way of Jesus through the power of the Spirit.
We believe God has called us to become a multi-cultural, mutli-generational, mission-minded community deeply involved in our neighborhoods, the city of Fort Wayne, and across the globe. We are convinced this will happen only through the power of the Holy Spirit and by holding true to these five values:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired record of God's redemptive story and we are part of that story. Through the accounts, poems and letters contained in the Word of God, we can know where we came from, what we're to value, how we're to live, and where we're going. The Bible is both our guide and our measuring stick for life.
We take great joy in coming together to praise God, worshiping Him not only for what He has done for us, but for who He is to us. We believe the Lord delights in bringing His grace to bear upon His gathered people as they assemble, and therefore, we anticipate His powerful movement in our midst.
We believe every person is on a spiritual journey and that God meets people wherever they are. While each journey is individually unique, we believe that a transformational encounter with Jesus powerfully redeems and fulfills that journey. Embracing Jesus by faith is not the end of the journey, but a catalytic moment through which the journey takes on all new potential, purpose, and power.
We believe that just as Jesus came to earth as God in human form, the Church is the "second incarnation" – His body in this world. Jesus did not come to offer His people an escape from the evil of the world, as much as to empower them to be a compelling force for good in the world. We believe that the Church is at its best when it serves, sacrifices, and loves, caring about that which God cares about.
We believe and teach the following basic statements of faith:
God: There is but one eternal, all powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere-present Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; 1 Timothy 2:5)
Jesus Christ: He is God incarnate, yet human, lived a sinless life, died to make atonement for the sins of all mankind, was bodily resurrected, and is now Mediator at the right hand of the Father, is assuredly coming in power and glory for His believing followers, and is the only Savior of men. (John 1:1, 14; Titus 2:11-14)
Holy Spirit: He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; regenerates all who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; and sanctifies, empowers, teaches, guides, and comforts the believers. (John 16:7-8, 12-15)
Salvation: Salvation is genuine repentance of sin and faith in the atoning work of Christ. It brings forgiveness to the penitent, makes him a partaker of the divine nature, and gives peace with God. We call this new birth. (Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 1:3-5)
Church: We believe in the invisible and universal Church as an organism, composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who have been vitally united by faith to Christ, its living head and sovereign Lord. (Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 12:22-24)
We believe God longs for every believer to be a leader in His church in his/her own way. To help resource and equip the church body as they discover their unique role and move out in mission, Fellowship has a dedicated, gifted team of men and women.
Joe has served at Fellowship for over sixteen years, starting out as the Director of Missional Living. He recently has been given the role of Senior Pastor, having been passed the baton by Pastor Dave DeSelm in an historic and exciting moment in Fellowship's existence.
Joe was born and raised on the south side of Fort Wayne. He and his wife, Stephanie, were high school sweethearts and have been married for 23 years. They have three sons who proudly attended South Side High School. In 2006, the Johns family moved to a 100 year-old home in south central Fort Wayne to be on mission together as a family.
Joe is an avid cyclist who enjoys long distance destination rides. In 2014, he completed a solo ride from Florida to California in 30 days! Joe's other happy places include international travel, mountains vistas, and geeking out on scholarly theological journals.
Geoff is responsible for determining Fellowship's overall vision and direction, working closely with Pastor Joe in that regard. His main goal is to ensure that all staff leaders are equipped to pursue this vision, both personally and collectively.
Geoff is an accomplished speaker and author, with a talent for leadership development and mentoring. He feels passionate about supporting and encouraging others in personal and professional growth, things which flow from his gifting as a teacher and shepherd.
Geoff joined the Fellowship team after being called to step away from his Executive Director position at Athletes With Purpose, a large sports training company that focuses on helping athletes find their "Purpose Beyond Athletics."
Although Geoff is the newest Fellowship staff member, he's no stranger to FMC, having attended the church since childhood. He is married to Erika—a preschool teacher—with whom he has two young daughters and a baby boy on the way.
Serving as FMC’s Operations Director, Karen oversees an amazing team responsible for Fellowship’s Finances, Facility, Communication, and Administration, including Human Resources. Karen began working at Fellowship in 2013 as the Ministry Assistant to the Creative Arts Team and Administrative Assistant to Pastor Dave and Pastor Wayne, giving her a tremendous opportunity to learn the inner-workings of life and ministry at FMC.
Prior to coming to Fellowship, Karen worked at Parkview Hospital for eighteen years, first as Director of Rehab for Behavioral Health, then as Coordinator of Community Outreach. After Parkview and prior to coming to Fellowship, she owned and managed three different businesses. Karen’s administrative gifts and experience as a business owner make her uniquely qualified to serve Fellowship in this role.
Karen has been married to her husband Semaj for 8 years. Together they have nine children (all grown) and thirteen grandchildren. Karen and Semaj enjoy spending time together, especially taking road trips that include fishing and hunting for him and kayaking for her.
Come visit us on Sunday!
We understand that visiting a new church can be intimidating, so here's some information you may find helpful as you plan your visit to Fellowship.
We have three identical services on Sundays at 8:00, 9:45, and 11:30am. Our worship gatherings are very much a reflection of who we are as an increasingly diverse family. We are casual in dress, contemporary in musical style, and welcoming in atmosphere. You'll hear a message that is biblical and relevant, and find high-quality ministries for adults, kids, and teens.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Fellowship!
Fellowship is committed to being, making, and multiplying disciples who live Jesus everywhere, reaching into a broken world with compassion and good news. By sharing your gifts and resources, you are providing for powerful impact in our community and around the world.
We give because we believe God owns it all and we are called to use the resources He has given us to advance His Kingdom purposes. As disciples of Jesus, the Bible makes it clear we are to practice regular, joyful, material generosity.
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)
We also believe generosity begins with a tithe (10%) of one’s household income, and that one’s first and best contributions should be given to the church as a way of providing for needs and participating in the mission.
"Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year." (Deuteronomy 14:22)
"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops..." (Proverbs 3:9)
There are several safe and secure ways to give to the work God is doing through Fellowship:
Give Online: Clicking on the link below allows you to make a donation by credit card or through PayPal. It’s a fast, easy and secure way to contribute to the ministry of FMC.
Online Bill Pay: Making Fellowship Missionary Church a payee on your financial institution’s online bill paying service allows you to deduct a specific dollar amount from your checking or savings account. This is a great way to set up recurring gifts, helping individuals and families remain faithful in their giving even when they are out of town or unable to attend on Sunday.
Sunday Gatherings: When you visit us, you may simply place cash or checks in the offering bag during collection part of our service. To receive tax credit for cash gifts, be sure to use a Giving Envelope, filling in your name and address as requested.