New Boston Amish Mennonite Church (Paris, Tennessee, USA)
New Boston Amish Mennonite Church was located in Paris, Tennessee. The church originated in 1971 and was a member of the Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship. The church had its origin in the Mount Zion Amish Mennonite Church in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Most members and all but one of the ministers left the Mount Zion church after the Pilgrim Christian Fellowship was formed in Stuarts Draft. Bishop Noah Wengered of Pennsylvania helped organize the New Boston Amish Mennonite congregation and presided as bishop. The church served as the patriarchal church for a number of new congregations in Illinois and Kentucky.
The New Boston congregation was more like the Old Order Amish than other Beachy Amish churches. In order to maintain their level of nonconformity, they took a strict stand on some practices that many Beachy congregations had since abandoned. For example, New Boston required members to use the German language for teaching and preaching in services. Hats were to be worn outside of services.
New Boston Amish Mennonite discontinued services in 2000 due to low attendance. The church lost members to Bethel Fellowship and Calvary Christian Fellowship, both products of local splits, while other members relocated to join new churches in Illinois and Kentucky. Calvary Christian Fellowship assumed responsibility for the New Boston meetinghouse.
Anderson, Cory Alexander. "The Diffusion of Beachy Amish Mennonite Congregations in the US South: A Regional Chronicle and Spatial Analysis," 2nd draft (2006): 39-40.
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||March 2015|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "New Boston Amish Mennonite Church (Paris, Tennessee, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2015. Web. 18 Oct 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=New_Boston_Amish_Mennonite_Church_(Paris,_Tennessee,_USA)&oldid=131053.
Thiessen, Richard D. (March 2015). New Boston Amish Mennonite Church (Paris, Tennessee, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 October 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=New_Boston_Amish_Mennonite_Church_(Paris,_Tennessee,_USA)&oldid=131053.
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