Adelsheim, a Mennonite congregation in northern Baden, Germany, near Wertheim, was founded in 1912. Before Adelsheim was chosen as the name and location of the congregation, the scattered Mennonite families of the region met at some central farm home, first at the Fry home called Faustenhof, then for a time in Boedigheim, and later at the Kaufmann home called Selgentalerhof, four miles from the little town of Adelsheim. The earliest known ministers were Philipp Kaufmann, ordained preacher and elder in 1894, Johannes Fellmann of Neidelsbach, ordained preacher in 1894, and Johannes Horsch of Eubigheim, ordained preacher in 1901. At its organization in 1912, the congregation had fifty-four baptized members. When the services were moved to Adelsheim because the elder had located there, services were held first in the hall of a shoe factory, then in the hall of an elementary school. During World War I, preacher Christian Schmutz of Heidelberg moved to Adelsheim, serving there until his death in 1921. Further ordinations: Johannes Horsch as elder in 1924, Heinrich Schmutz as preacher in 1924 (d. 1938), Heinrich Kaufmann of Klein-Eicholzheim as preacher in 1927, F. Warkentin as preacher in 1950. Ernst Zimmermann, a preacher in Ueberlingen after 1929 and elder after 1937, moved to the community (Wettersdorf) in 1937, and later served as elder, Elder Johannes Horsch having moved away to Wagenbach in 1932. In 1950 the congregation had thirty-seven baptized members, with thirteen children. Family names in the congregation at that time were Schmutz, Hege (2), Kaufmann, Hotel, Lichti, Rassy, Zimmermann and Warkentin, the latter being of Russian Mennonite refugee origin. Most of the families were farmers. In 1928 the small Adelsheim hospital service was taken over by Mennonite nurses.
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Crous, Ernst. "Adelsheim Mennonitengemeinde (Adelsheim, Germany)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 6 May 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Adelsheim_Mennonitengemeinde_(Adelsheim,_Germany)&oldid=100201.
Crous, Ernst. (1955). Adelsheim Mennonitengemeinde (Adelsheim, Germany). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 May 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Adelsheim_Mennonitengemeinde_(Adelsheim,_Germany)&oldid=100201.
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