American Missionary Fellowship
American Missionary Fellowship (AMF), now known as InFaith, had its roots in the First Day Society (founded 1790). AMF officially formed in 1817 as the “Sunday and Adult School Union.” In 1824, the organization changed its name to “American Sunday School Union” (ASSU). Then, in 1974, the ASSU changed its name to “American Missionary Fellowship.” It became "InFaith" on September 1, 2011.
With roots in the First Day Society (founded 1790), the American Sunday School Union officially formed in 1817 as the “Sunday and Adult School Union.” In addition to its primary work of starting Sunday schools in rural communities, the Sunday and Adult School Union became known for its publications and its ticket reward system for Sunday school students who memorized Scripture. Several people influential in the United States during the 19th century, including Francis Scott Key, Associate Supreme Court Justice Bushrod Washington, and U.S. Mint Director James Pollock, served as officers of the mission; many others supported the mission in other ways.
In 1824, the organization changed its name to “American Sunday School Union” (ASSU). In 1830, the ASSU began the Mississippi Valley Enterprise, through which missionaries worked to “establish a Sunday-school in every destitute place where it is practicable throughout the Valley of the Mississippi” within two years. “Stuttering Stephen” Paxson, perhaps the most well known ASSU missionary, took part in this. He started 1,314 Sunday schools during his twenty years of service with the mission.
Eventually, the ASSU grew beyond starting Sunday schools to include church planting, Christian camping, and other ministries. In 1974, the ASSU changed its name to “American Missionary Fellowship” to reflect this broader ministry range. Under this name, the mission continued to start new evangelical works in overlooked communities across the United States.
Under the name "InFaith," the mission's field staff now leads a variety of ministries for both adults and children around the United States. Its Home Office in Villanova, Pennsylvania, was designed by Horace Trumbauer.