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The Bethel Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church), located near Dolton in Turner County, South Dakota, with a membership of approximately 80, was a member of the Northern District Conference. The first building was dedicated and the congregation organized in December 1892. The present meetinghouse, built in 1920, seated 500. The architectural design was unique, with a wrap-around balcony and ornate stamped metal sheets with relief designs on the walls and ceiling.

The congregation first had a pastor of its own in 1917, when J. A. Thieszen was appointed. He resigned on 1 January 1950; after that time the congregation was served by Glenn Epp, Joe Hoffer, H. J. Brown, and Harold Thiessen, who was called on 1 July 1953. One missionary and two pastors went out from the congregation to serve in other fields.

The congregation closed, and the Bethel building was moved to the Freeman Museum, in Freeman, South Dakota, in 1992.


Freeman Museum & Archives. "Freeman Museum: Bethel Mennonite Church Building." [Broken link] (accessed 30 December 2006)

Author(s) J. A. Thieszen
Sam Steiner
Date Published 2006

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Thieszen, J. A. and Sam Steiner. "Bethel Mennonite Church (Dolton, South Dakota, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2006. Web. 26 May 2017.,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=75532.

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Thieszen, J. A. and Sam Steiner. (2006). Bethel Mennonite Church (Dolton, South Dakota, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 May 2017, from,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=75532.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 311. All rights reserved.

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