Kempsville Amish Mennonite Church (Kempsville, Virginia, USA)

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Kempsville Amish Mennonite Church, Virginia Beach, VA 2012.
Photo by Elwood Yoder; used with permission.
Source: Mennonite Archives of Virginia

The Kempsville Amish Mennonite Church (Beachy Amish) is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in the southeastern part of the state. An Old Order Amish community had been established here near the beginning of the twentieth century by settlers, many of whom came from Somerset County, Pennsylvania. In 1940 some of the later arrivals in the community led a movement to allow ownership of automobiles by members of the congregation. This produced a schism and the formation of the Kempsville church. After this event, most of the Old Order who did not join the progressive group moved out of the community. In 1955 the congregation had 150 members, with Jacob J. Hershberger and Ezra N. Troyer serving as ministers and Paul Brenneman as bishop. The congregation operated a parochial school, fully organized in 1946.

Providence Conservative Mennonite Church separated from Kempsville A.M. Church in 1952 and continued at their location south of Kempsville's original location near the former village of Kempsville.

Some 15 families left the community in 1953 to found a new congregation at Montezuma, Georgia.

In 2014 the congregation was served by Bishop Donnie Brenneman, Ministers Marcus Kauffman and Raymond Kauffman, and Deacon Daniel Brenneman. The church had 55 members.


Beachy, Alvin J. "The Rise and Development of the Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches," Mennonite Quarterly Review 29 (April 1955): 118 ff.

Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 42.

Additional Information

Address: 3261 North Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA

Phone: 757-427-0375

Denominational Affiliation:

Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship


Map:Kempsville Amish Mennonite Church (Kempsville, Virginia, USA)

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1957

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Kempsville Amish Mennonite Church (Kempsville, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 26 Jul 2017.,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=143412.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1957). Kempsville Amish Mennonite Church (Kempsville, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 July 2017, from,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=143412.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 165. All rights reserved.

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