Anabaptism in Ethiopia

Six markers of the Meserete Kristos Church


  • Henok T. Mekonin Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary


Ethiopia, Meserete Kristos Church, teaching, witness, giving, compassion, prison ministry, peacemaking


In visiting the Meserete Kristos Church in Ethiopia, European and North American Mennonites might be surprised at what they see, given the church’s hybrid character and high level of ecumenicity. And yet, this church is deeply rooted in Anabaptist values and has evolved in response to various religious, economic, and political factors. The church continually demonstrates this commitment by focusing on six markers, described in this article.

Author Biography

Henok T. Mekonin, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Henok T. Mekonin is global leadership collaborative specialist at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, where he provides specialized expertise for the MATGA Ethiopia partnership while also supporting the planning, implementation, and evaluation of AMBS’s Global Leadership Collaborative (GLC) initiatives more broadly. Henok’s home congregation is Nazareth Western Meserete Kristos, which is part of the Nazareth Regional Office. He is married to Misgana Eshete, and they have two children.