The Berean Mennonite Church began in Phoenix, Arizona in 1969. Noah Yoder was the founding minister; Lyle Kropf was ordained as minister on 19 January 1970. The congregation initially affiliated with the Bible Mennonite Fellowship which was primarily based in Oregon. It became unaffiliated during the 1980s. A meetinghouse was purchased in May 1970 at 2008 West Ocotillo Road, an Hispanic area of Phoenix. In addition to several local outreach programs, the congregation began a mission in Northern Mexico. Iglesia Evangélica Menonita, an unaffiliated Mennonite congregation under the leadership of Gustavo Verdugo was formally established in Ahome, Sinaloa, Mexico in 1977.
In 1988 the Berean congregation decided to relocate from Phoenix to Wickenburg, approximately 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Phoenix. They purchased a former Mormon meetinghouse, and remodeled part of the building to serve as a Christian elementary school. In 1990 the congregation became part of the Midwest Mennonite Fellowship.
"Berean, Wickenburg, Arizona." Midwest Mennonite Focus 19, no. 5 (September-October 1998): 8-9.
Mennonite Church Directory (2009)
Mennonite Yearbook (1979, 1990)
Address: 440 America Street, Wickenburg, Arizona
Denominational Affiliation: Midwest Mennonite Fellowship
Berean Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders
|Name||Years of Service|
|Lyle Kropf Bishop, 1978-||1970-|
Berean Mennonite Church Membership
|Date Published||August 2011|
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Steiner, Sam. "Berean Mennonite Church (Wickenburg, Arizona, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2011. Web. 29 Mar 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Berean_Mennonite_Church_(Wickenburg,_Arizona,_USA)&oldid=79349.
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