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Dallas Mennonite Brethren Church, located at the corner of Washington and Hayter streets in Dallas, Polk County, Oregon, was a member of the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. The church, an outgrowth of the North Dallas Mennonite Brethren Church, which had started in 1905, was organized under the leadership of Abraham Buhler. It began meeting in 1917 and formally organized on 21 December 1919. In 1934 the first church was replaced by a new structure, which was remodeled in 1949. Its parsonage at 518 Hayter St. was procured in 1944.

On 7 January 1923 the North Dallas Mennonite Brethren Church membership was received into the Dallas church. With population increase in the Willamette Valley, the church membership increased. Some members who lived in Salem organized the West Salem Mennonite Brethren Church (later known as Kingwood Bible Church) in 1941. Membership of the Dallas church peaked in 1956 at 363, but went into a steady decline after that time. By 2000, the membership was fewer than 70. The congregation closed in January 2005.

Since 1953 the Dallas Mennonite Brethren Church owned and operated the Dallas Rest Home/Dallas Nursing Home, which became part of The Dallas Mennonite Brethren Retirement Community, Inc., In 1990. The retirement community later incorporated as an independent corporation, and continued to exist after the closing of the congregation.

Ministers who have served the church include D. A. Peters, John Enns, P. H. Berg, Abraham Buhler, P. E. Penner, Frank F. Friesen, Herman D. Wiebe, F. F. Wall, N. N. Hiebert, J. J. Toews, Henry Hooge, George H. Jantzen, W. L. Penner, D. J. Wiens, Arthur Flaming, Louis Goertz, Eugene Gerbrandt, Stanley Lyman, Glen Makin, Bob Buxman and Ken Braun.

[edit] Bibliography

"Dallas Mennonite Brethren Church." Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Fresno, California. Web. 6 October 2014. http://www.fresno.edu/sites/default/files/library-cb535.pdf.

[edit] Archival Records

Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Fresno, CA: Record Group CB535.

[edit] Additional Information

Denominational Affiliation:

Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

U. S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches


Author(s) G. H. Jantzen
Kevin Enns-Rempel
Date Published 2007


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Jantzen, G. H. and Kevin Enns-Rempel. "Dallas Mennonite Brethren Church (Dallas, Oregon, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2007. Web. 21 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dallas_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Dallas,_Oregon,_USA)&oldid=125718.

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Jantzen, G. H. and Kevin Enns-Rempel. (2007). Dallas Mennonite Brethren Church (Dallas, Oregon, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dallas_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Dallas,_Oregon,_USA)&oldid=125718.




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