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Gehman Mennonite Church, 1946.
Scan courtesy Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen X-31.1, Box 18/25

The Gehman Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), located on Witmer Road, Adamstown, Brecknock Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, is a member of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. The first Mennonites to settle here were a group of Swiss, who came in 1754-1758, among them Niklaus Schantz, Hans Schantz, Joseph Wenger, Jost Schoenauer, Hans Burchalter, Hans Moser, and Christian Gehman. The congregation was probably organized in 1760. It worshiped in private homes until 1846, when the first meetinghouse was built, which was replaced in 1913 by a larger frame meetinghouse. Christian Bauman (1724-1790) was the first minister, Joseph Wenger first deacon. Daniel Gehman was an outstanding man in this congregation (1774 ordained deacon, 1792 ordained minister, d. 1809). From 1774 to the mid-20th centuery there was a Gehman as minister or deacon in this congregation. In 1955 the membership of the congregation was 90, with Paul Z. Martin and Benjamin S. Zeiset as ministers.

[edit] Bibliography

Weber, Aaron M., et. al. "History of the Gehman's Mennonite Church and Ministry." Unpublished paper. Web. (accessed 6 June 2014).

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 127 Witmer Road, Reinholds, Pa. 17569

Phone: 717-484-4548


Denominational Affiliations: Lancaster Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

[edit] Gehman Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Christian Bowman  ?-1790
Ulrich Burkholder ca. 1778-1804
Daniel Gehman 1792-1809
Joseph Bowman 1802-1816
Christian Good 1816-
Christian Gehman 1817-1856
Joseph Gehman 1843-1855
Jacob Moseman
Peter Musser 1860-1874
Benjamin Horning 1867-1903
Abraham B. Gehman 1874-1911
Christian Stauffer 1877-1887
Henry G. Good 1887-1915
Noah B. Bowman 1901-1926
Moses G. Gehman 1912-
Isaac W. Geigley 1926-1946
George G. Horning 1925-1946
Benjamin F. Weaver 1944-?
Howard Z. Good 1945-1954
Paul Z. Martin 1950-?
Benjamin S. Zeiset 1954-?
Warren W. Martin 1953-?
Amos Hostetter 1959-?
Carl Martin 1964-?
Glen Martin 1976-?
Irvin Martin  ?-?
Phil Horning 2009-?

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Map:Gehman Mennonite Church (Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA)

Author(s) Aaron M Weber
Date Published 1956

[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Weber, Aaron M. "Gehman Mennonite Church (Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 12 Jul 2014.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=123215.

APA style

Weber, Aaron M. (1956). Gehman Mennonite Church (Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 12 July 2014, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=123215.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 445. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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