Bethel Mennonite Church (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches, formerly General Conference Mennonite Church) at Fortuna, Moniteau County, Missouri, was a member of the Middle District Conference. In April 1866 five families left Wayne County, Ohio, to become the first Mennonite settlers of this community. Others soon followed and on 21 April 1867, ministers John Schmidt and Jacob Pletscher of Summerfield, Illinois, visited the colony to have communion service and organize a church. Nineteen persons took part in this service. The first meetinghouse was built in 1869, enlarged in 1894; it was replaced by a larger church in 1908, with a seating capacity of about 450, which was in use in 2005. The 1952 membership was 137; in 1999 it was 219.
About 1990 the Bethel congregation withdrew from the General Conference Mennonite Church, but maintained its membership in the Central District Conference. At the time of the formation of Mennonite Church USA the congregation switched its affiliation to the Evangelical Mennonite Church (renamed Fellowship of Evangelical Churches in 2003).
Bethel Mennonite Church. "Bethel Mennonite Church - History." Web. 30 December 2006. http://www.bethelmennchurch.org/history.htm.
History of Bethel Church. Fortuna, MO: The Church, 1967.
Address: 37830 Bethel Church Road, Fortuna, Missouri
Website: Bethel Mennonite Church
Denominational Affiliation: Fellowship of Evangelical Churches
Bethel Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders
|Peter P. Lehman|
|M. S. Moyer|
|D. D. King|
|John M. Regier|
|P. P. Hilty|
|J. D. Warkentin|
|C. H. Kirks|
|E. A. Albrecht|
Bethel Mennonite Church Membership
|Author(s)||E. A. Albrecht|
Cite This Article
Albrecht, E. A. and Sam Steiner. "Bethel Mennonite Church (Fortuna, Missouri, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2008. Web. 25 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Fortuna,_Missouri,_USA)&oldid=101811.
Albrecht, E. A. and Sam Steiner. (2008). Bethel Mennonite Church (Fortuna, Missouri, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Fortuna,_Missouri,_USA)&oldid=101811.
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