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The Bethel (Perkasie) Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church) of the Eastern District Conference was located in Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In 1900 a mission of local Mennonite families was started in the Baptist Church. The congregation was organized in June 1905. In 1906 a site was purchased and in 1911 a brick church was built. Ministers who served the church to 1952 were Harvey W. Shelly, 1905; William H. Grubb, 1905-1910; Harvey W. Shelly, 1910-1918; Allen M. Fretz, 1918-1942; Ward W. Shelly, 1942-1951; and Lester Janzen, 1951- . Deacons who served were Harvey H. Baum, 1905-1910; Clayton F. Myers, 1910-1945; Ralph N. Lewis, 1946- . The Sunday school was organized in 1905, The membership in 1908 was 35 and in 1952, 63.

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"Bethel Mennonite Church." Mennonite Yearbook and Almanac (1913).

Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Telford, PA: Franconia Mennonite Historical Society, 1937.


Author(s) J. Herbert Fretz
Date Published 1953


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Fretz, J. Herbert. "Bethel Mennonite Church (Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 21 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Perkasie,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=75549.

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Fretz, J. Herbert. (1953). Bethel Mennonite Church (Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Perkasie,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=75549.




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