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Rocky Mountain Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church (MC)) was organized as a conference district in September 1961, at the first annual meeting in La Junta, Colorado. In a Colorado Springs meeting the previous July steps were taken to form a district conference with the encouragement of Harold S. Bender, guest speaker. Christian workers conferences and regular ministers meetings preceded the conference organization. Fourteen congregations formed Rocky Mouintain Conference with eleven congregations in Colorado and one each in Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas. These congregations had earlier been a part of South Central Mennonite Conference with E. M. Yost as area overseer. Yost became the first overseer of Rocky Mountain Conference.

Health care and human services have been important in the witness and ministry of Mennonites in the Rocky Mountain region. Six communities in Colorado have been served by Mennonite-operated hospitals and nursing homes. Frontier Boys Village, a facility for emotionally disturbed boys, emerged from the Rocky Mountain Camp ministry. The Prince of Peace Chapel in Aspen and the Mennonite Urban Ministry in Denver also provided significant ministries. Voluntary service workers from across the Mennonite Church have served in these settings with most congregations including former voluntary service workers among their members.

In 1987 the district had 19 congregations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. One congregation was also affiliated with the Brethren in Christ; two congregations are also members of the General Conference Mennonite Church. Membership in the conference is 1,308. The official organ of the conference is the Echo.

Following the realignment of the General Conference Mennonite Church, the Mennonite Church (MC) and the Conference of Mennonites in Canada into Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, the Rocky Mountain Conference became part of Mennonite Church USA. Further restructuring took place in 2005/2006, when the Rocky Mountain Conference restructured as the Mountain States Mennonite Conference. This new conference also included several congregations that had been part of the Western District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church. The new structure formally began 1 January 2006.

In 2010 the following 22 congregations were members of the Mountain State Mennonite Conference:

Congregation City State
Albuquerque Mennonite Church Albuquerque New Mexico
Arvada Mennonite Church Arvada Colorado
Beth-El Mennonite Church Colorado Springs Colorado
Boulder Mennonite Church Boulder Colorado
Carlsbad Mennonite Church Carlsbad New Mexico
East Holbrook Mennonite Church Cheraw Colorado
Emmanuel Mennonite Church La Junta Colorado
First Mennonite Church of Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado
First Mennonite Church of Denver Denver Colorado
Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship Fort Collins Colorado
Glennon Heights Mennonite Church Lakewood Colorado
Glenwood Mennonite Church Glenwood Springs Colorado
Greeley Mennonite Church Greeley Colorado
Hmong Mennonite Church Westminster Colorado
Light of Life Mennonite Church Farmington New Mexico
Mennonite Church of La Jara La Jara Colorado
Mountain Community Mennonite Church Palmer Lake Colorado
Peace Mennonite Community Church Aurora Colorado
Perryton Mennonite Church Perryton Texas
Pueblo Mennonite Church Pueblo Colorado
Rocky Ford Mennonite Church Rocky Ford Colorado
The Bridge Aurora Colorado

Bibliography

Horsch, James E., ed. Mennonite Yearbook and Directory. Scottdale: Mennonite Publishing House (1988-89): 77-78.

Bartel, Barry. "Birth of a Conference." Conference Connections (January 2006): 2-3.

Thomas, Everett. "Mountain States Mennonites Welcomed." MPress online. Accessed 29 May 2006. <http://www.goshen.edu/mPress/July_8>


Author(s) Wallace Jantz
Sam Steiner
Date Published July 2010


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Jantz, Wallace and Sam Steiner. "Mountain States Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 13 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mountain_States_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=90231.

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Jantz, Wallace and Sam Steiner. (July 2010). Mountain States Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mountain_States_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=90231.




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