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The Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church (Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA after the merger of the [[Mennonite Church (MC)|Mennonite Church]] and [[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]]) had its origins in the [[Ohio Mennonite Conference|Ohio Mennonite Conference]] (1843; some accounts trace the origins of the conference to 1834) and the [[Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference|Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference]] (1893). These two conferences merged in 1927 to form the Ohio Mennonite and Eastern Amish Mennonite Joint Conference, later shortened to[[Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference (MC)| Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference]]. In 1978 another realignment occurred when the eastern congregations, located largely in [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], [[New York (USA)|New York]], [[Maryland (USA)|Maryland]], and [[New Jersey (USA)|New Jersey]], formed the [[Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA|Atlantic Coast Conference]] of the Mennonite Church. The remaining Ohio congregations then formed the Ohio Conference by the present name.
 
The Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church (Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA after the merger of the [[Mennonite Church (MC)|Mennonite Church]] and [[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]]) had its origins in the [[Ohio Mennonite Conference|Ohio Mennonite Conference]] (1843; some accounts trace the origins of the conference to 1834) and the [[Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference|Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference]] (1893). These two conferences merged in 1927 to form the Ohio Mennonite and Eastern Amish Mennonite Joint Conference, later shortened to[[Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference (MC)| Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference]]. In 1978 another realignment occurred when the eastern congregations, located largely in [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], [[New York (USA)|New York]], [[Maryland (USA)|Maryland]], and [[New Jersey (USA)|New Jersey]], formed the [[Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA|Atlantic Coast Conference]] of the Mennonite Church. The remaining Ohio congregations then formed the Ohio Conference by the present name.
  
In 1986 the conference had 11,136 members (80 congregations) and 164 ministers. The congregations were located in [[Ohio (State)|Ohio]] except for four in western [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], one in [[Michigan (State)|Michigan]], and one in [[Kentucky (USA)|Kentucky]]. The main settlements of these congregations were in [[Holmes County (Ohio, USA)|Holmes County]], [[Wayne County (Ohio, USA)|Wayne County]], the area around the town of [[Archbold (Ohio, USA)|Archbold]], Stark County, the area around the town of [[West Liberty (Ohio, USA)|West Liberty]], [[Logan County (Ohio, USA)|Logan County]], and [[Columbiana County (Ohio, USA)|Columbiana County]] Some small, rather isolated, rural churches were established in the late 1940s and 1950s. Since then greater effort went into beginning new congregations in urban and suburban areas. In 1987 there were four congregations in [[Cleveland (Ohio, USA)|Cleveland]].
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In 1986 the conference had 11,136 members (80 congregations) and 164 ministers. The congregations were located in [[Ohio (USA)|Ohio]] except for four in western [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], one in [[Michigan (USA)|Michigan]], and one in [[Kentucky (USA)|Kentucky]]. The main settlements of these congregations were in [[Holmes County (Ohio, USA)|Holmes County]], [[Wayne County (Ohio, USA)|Wayne County]], the area around the town of [[Archbold (Ohio, USA)|Archbold]], Stark County, the area around the town of [[West Liberty (Ohio, USA)|West Liberty]], [[Logan County (Ohio, USA)|Logan County]], and [[Columbiana County (Ohio, USA)|Columbiana County]] Some small, rather isolated, rural churches were established in the late 1940s and 1950s. Since then greater effort went into beginning new congregations in urban and suburban areas. In 1987 there were four congregations in [[Cleveland (Ohio, USA)|Cleveland]].
  
 
The Kidron community in Wayne County served as a base for many of the conference's programs. Here are located the conference offices with staff serving in administration, youth ministries and nurture, and peace and service work. In the late 1960s a full-time conference minister along with overseers replaced the traditional Mennonite [[Bishop|bishop]] system of pastoral oversight to congregations. Camp Luz, a Mennonite-affiliated youth camp, is located near Kidron, as is Central Christian High School (founded 1961). In 1987 the latter was a 200-student [[Secondary Schools|secondary school]]. The bimonthly periodical of the conference is <em>The [[Ohio Evangel|Ohio Evangel]].</em>
 
The Kidron community in Wayne County served as a base for many of the conference's programs. Here are located the conference offices with staff serving in administration, youth ministries and nurture, and peace and service work. In the late 1960s a full-time conference minister along with overseers replaced the traditional Mennonite [[Bishop|bishop]] system of pastoral oversight to congregations. Camp Luz, a Mennonite-affiliated youth camp, is located near Kidron, as is Central Christian High School (founded 1961). In 1987 the latter was a 200-student [[Secondary Schools|secondary school]]. The bimonthly periodical of the conference is <em>The [[Ohio Evangel|Ohio Evangel]].</em>
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The conference has had theological and social interaction with the three other main Mennonite bodies within the state including joint meetings with the [[Central District Conference (Mennonite Church USA)|Central District]] (GCM) in 1984. Four congregations had affiliations with both conferences. Church planting and mission efforts were increasingly coordinated between these two conferences. Various informal contacts with the [[Conservative Mennonite Conference|Conservative Mennonite Conference]] and the large Ohio [[Old Order Amish|Amish]] population continued.
 
The conference has had theological and social interaction with the three other main Mennonite bodies within the state including joint meetings with the [[Central District Conference (Mennonite Church USA)|Central District]] (GCM) in 1984. Four congregations had affiliations with both conferences. Church planting and mission efforts were increasingly coordinated between these two conferences. Various informal contacts with the [[Conservative Mennonite Conference|Conservative Mennonite Conference]] and the large Ohio [[Old Order Amish|Amish]] population continued.
  
= 2010 Update =
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= 2017 Update =
  
In 2010 the following 77 congregations were members of the Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church:
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In 2017 the following 57 congregations were members of the Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church:
  
<div align="center"> <table class="vertical listing">  <tr> <th>Congregation</th> <th>City</th> <th>State</th> </tr> <tr> <td>Agora Christian Fellowship
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{|  class="wikitable"  
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! Congregation !! City !! State
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| Agora Christian Fellowship || Columbus || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Beech Mennonite Church (Louisville, Ohio, USA)|Beech Mennonite Church]] || Louisville || Ohio
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|-
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| Berean Fellowship Church || Youngstown || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Berlin Mennonite Church (Berlin, Ohio, USA)|Berlin Mennonite Church]] || Berlin || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Bethel Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Ohio, USA)|Bethel Mennonite Church]] || West Liberty || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Central Mennonite Church (Archbold, Ohio, USA)|Central Mennonite Church]] || Archbold || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Chestnut Ridge Mennonite Church (Orrville, Ohio, USA)|Chestnut Ridge Mennonite Church]] || Orrville || Ohio
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|-
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| Community Christian Fellowship || Rio Grande || Ohio
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|-
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| Cross Connections || Strasburg || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Crown Hill Mennonite Church (Rittman, Ohio, USA)|Crown Hill Mennonite Church]] || Rittman || Ohio
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|-
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| Emmanuel Mennonite Church || Monclova || Ohio
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|-
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| Fairpoint Mennonite Church || Fairpoint || Ohio
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|-
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| [[First Mennonite Church of Canton (Canton, Ohio, USA)|First Mennonite Church of Canton]] || Canton || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Friendship Mennonite Church (Bedford Heights, Ohio, USA)|Friendship Mennonite Church]] || Bedford Heights || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Gilead Mennonite Church (Chesterville, Ohio, USA)|Gilead Mennonite Church]] || Chesterville || Ohio
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|-
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| Good Shepherd Mennonite Church || Archbold || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Huber Mennonite Church (New Carlisle, Ohio, USA)|Huber Mennonite Church]] || New Carlisle || Ohio
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|-
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| Inlet Mennonite Church || Wauseon || Ohio
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|-
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| Jubilee Mennonite Church || Bellefontaine || Ohio
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|-
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| Kalida Family Outreach Center || Kalida || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Kidron Mennonite Church (Kidron, Ohio, USA)|Kidron Mennonite Church]] || Kidron || Ohio
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|-
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| Lafayette Christian Fellowship || West Lafayette || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Lee Heights Community Church (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)|Lee Heights Community Church]] || Cleveland || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Leetonia Mennonite Church (Leetonia, Ohio, USA)|Leetonia Mennonite Church]] || Leetonia || Ohio
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|-
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| LifeBridge Community Church || Dover || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Lima Mennonite Church (Lima, Ohio, USA)|Lima Mennonite Church]] || Lima || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Lockport Mennonite Church (Stryker, Ohio, USA)|Lockport Mennonite Church]] || Stryker || Ohio
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|-
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| Maple Grove Mennonite Church || New Castle || Pennsylvania
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|-
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| [[Martins Creek Mennonite Church (Millersburg, Ohio)|Martins Creek Mennonite Church]] || Millersburg || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Martins Mennonite Church (MC) (Wayne County, Ohio)|Martins Mennonite Church]] || Orrville || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Midway Mennonite Church (Columbiana, Ohio, USA)|Midway Mennonite Church]] || Columbiana || Ohio
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|-
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| Millersburg Mennonite Church || Millersburg || Ohio
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|-
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| New Mercies Community Church || Burton || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Oak Grove Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Champaign County, Ohio, USA)|Oak Grove Mennonite Church]] || West Liberty || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Oak Grove Mennonite Church (Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio, USA)|Oak Grove Mennonite Church]] || Smithville || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Orrville Mennonite Church (Orrville, Ohio, USA)|Orrville Mennonite Church]] || Orrville || Ohio
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|-
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| Peace Mennonite Church || Elyria || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Pike Mennonite Church (Elida, Ohio, USA)|Pike Mennonite Church]] || Elida || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Pine Grove Mennonite Church (Stryker, Ohio, USA)|Pine Grove Mennonite Church]] || Stryker || Ohio
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|-
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| Primera Iglesia Menonita || Helena || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Salem Mennonite Church (Wooster, Ohio, USA)|Salem Mennonite Church]] || Wooster || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Salem Mennonite Church (Elida, Allen County, Ohio, USA)|Salem Mennonite Church]] || Elida || Ohio
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|-
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| Salem Mennonite Church || Kidron|| Ohio
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|-
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| Salem Mennonite Church || Waldron || Michigan
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|-
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| [[Sharon Mennonite Church (Plain City, Ohio, USA) |Sharon Mennonite Church]] || Plain City || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Sonnenberg Mennonite Church (Kidron, Ohio, USA)|Sonnenberg Mennonite Church]] || Kidron || Ohio
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|-
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| [[South Union Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Ohio, USA) |South Union Mennonite Church]] || West Liberty || Ohio
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|-
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| Southside Mennonite Church || Springfield || Ohio
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|-
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| Summit Mennonite Church || Barberton || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Sunnyside Mennonite Church (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)|Sunnyside Mennonite Church]] || Conneaut Lake || Pennsylvania
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|-
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| Tedrow Mennonite Church || Wauseon || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Toledo Mennonite Church (Toledo, Ohio, USA)|Toledo Mennonite Church]] || Toledo || Ohio
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|-
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| University Euclid Christ New Testament || Bedford Heights || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Valley View Mennonite Church (Spartansburg, Pennsylvania, USA)|Valley View Mennonite Church]] || Spartansburg || Pennsylvania
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|-
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| Wayside Chapel || Pedro || Ohio
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|-
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| [[West Clinton Mennonite Church (Wauseon, Ohio, USA)|West Clinton Mennonite Church]] || Wauseon || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Wooster Mennonite Church (Wooster, Ohio, USA)|Wooster Mennonite Church]] || Wooster || Ohio
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|-
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| [[Zion Mennonite Church (Archbold, Ohio, USA)|Zion Mennonite Church]] || Archbold || Ohio
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|}
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</div>
  
</td> <td>Columbus</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Aurora Mennonite Church (Aurora, Ohio, USA)|Aurora Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Aurora</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Beaverdam Mennonite Church (Corry, Pennsylvania, USA)|Beaverdam Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Corry</td> <td>Pennsylvania</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Beech Mennonite Church (Louisville, Ohio, USA)|Beech Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Louisville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Berean Fellowship Church</td> <td>Youngstown</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Berlin Mennonite Church (Berlin, Ohio, USA)|Berlin Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Berlin</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Bethel Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Ohio, USA)|Bethel Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>West Liberty</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Bethel Mennonite Church (Rittman, Ohio, USA)|Bethel Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Rittman</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Central Mennonite Church (Archbold, Ohio, USA)|Central Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Archbold</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Chestnut Ridge Mennonite Church (Orrville, Ohio, USA)|Chestnut Ridge Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Orrville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship</td> <td>Cincinnati</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Community Christian Fellowship</td> <td>Rio Grande</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship</td> <td>Plain City</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Crown Hill Mennonite Church (Rittman, Ohio, USA)|Crown Hill Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Rittman</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dayspring Christian Fellowship</td> <td>Massillon</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Emmanuel Mennonite Church</td> <td>Monclova</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Fairpoint Mennonite Church</td> <td>Fairpoint</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[First Mennonite Church (Berne, Indiana, USA)|First Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Berne</td> <td>Indiana</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[First Mennonite Church of Canton (Canton, Ohio, USA)|First Mennonite Church of Canton]]</td> <td>Canton</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Friendship Mennonite Church (Bedford Heights, Ohio, USA)|Friendship Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Bedford Heights</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Gilead Mennonite Church (Chesterville, Ohio, USA)|Gilead Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Chesterville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Good Shepherd Mennonite Church</td> <td>Archbold</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Grace Community Church</td> <td>Bryan</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Hartville Mennonite Church (Hartville, Ohio, USA)|Hartville Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Hartville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hillside Chapel</td> <td>Jackson</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Huber Mennonite Church (New Carlisle, Ohio, USA)|Huber Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>New Carlisle</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Inlet Mennonite Church</td> <td>Wauseon</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jubilee Mennonite Church</td> <td>Bellefontaine</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kalida Family Outreach Center</td> <td>Kalida</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Kidron Mennonite Church (Kidron, Ohio, USA)|Kidron Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Kidron</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lafayette Christian Fellowship</td> <td>West Lafayette</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Lee Heights Community Church (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)|Lee Heights Community Church]]</td> <td>Cleveland</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Leetonia Mennonite Church (Leetonia, Ohio, USA)|Leetonia Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Leetonia</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>LifeBridge Community Church</td> <td>Dover</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Lima Mennonite Church (Lima, Ohio, USA)|Lima Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Lima</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Lockport Mennonite Church (Stryker, Ohio, USA)|Lockport Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Stryker</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Longenecker Mennonite Church (Winesburg, Ohio, USA)|Longenecker Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Winesburg</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Maple Grove Mennonite Church</td> <td>New Castle</td> <td>Pennsylvania</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Martins Creek Mennonite Church (Millersburg, Ohio)|Martins Creek Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Millersburg</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Martins Mennonite Church (MC) (Wayne County, Ohio)|Martins Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Orrville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Midway Mennonite Church (Columbiana, Ohio, USA)|Midway Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Columbiana</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Millersburg Mennonite Church</td> <td>Millersburg</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Moorhead Mennonite Church</td> <td>Holmesville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>New Mercies Community Church</td> <td>Burton</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[North Clinton Mennonite Church (Wauseon, Ohio, USA)|North Clinton Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Wauseon</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[North Lima Mennonite Church (North Lima, Ohio, USA)|North Lima Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>North Lima</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Oak Grove Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Champaign County, Ohio, USA)|Oak Grove Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>West Liberty</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Oak Grove Mennonite Church (Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio, USA)|Oak Grove Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Smithville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Orrville Mennonite Church (Orrville, Ohio, USA)|Orrville Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Orrville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Owl Creek Mennonite Church</td> <td>Lucasville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Peace Mennonite Church
 
 
</td> <td>Elyria</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Pike Mennonite Church (Elida, Ohio, USA)|Pike Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Elida</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Pine Grove Mennonite Church (Stryker, Ohio, USA)|Pine Grove Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Stryker</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Pleasant View Mennonite Church (North Lawrence, Ohio, USA)|Pleasant View Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>North Lawrence</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Primera Iglesia Menonita</td> <td>Helena</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Salem Mennonite Church (Wooster, Ohio, USA)|Salem Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Wooster</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Salem Mennonite Church (Elida, Allen County, Ohio, USA)|Salem Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Elida</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Salem Mennonite Church</td> <td>Waldron</td> <td>Michigan</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Sharon Mennonite Church (Plain City, Ohio, USA) |Sharon Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Plain City</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Smithville Mennonite Church (Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio, USA)|Smithville Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Smithville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Sonnenberg Mennonite Church (Kidron, Ohio, USA)|Sonnenberg Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Kidron</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[South Union Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Ohio, USA) |South Union Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>West Liberty</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Southside Mennonite Church</td> <td>Springfield</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Springdale Chapel</td> <td>Cincinnati</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>St. Johns Mennonite Chapel</td> <td>Logan</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Stoner Heights Mennonite Church (Louisville, Ohio, USA)|Stoner Heights Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Louisville</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Summit Mennonite Church</td> <td>Barberton</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Sunnyside Mennonite Church (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)|Sunnyside Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Conneaut Lake</td> <td>Pennsylvania</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Tedrow Mennonite Church</td> <td>Wauseon</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Toledo Mennonite Church (Toledo, Ohio, USA)|Toledo Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Toledo</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>University Euclid Christ New Testament</td> <td>Bedford Heights</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Valley View Mennonite Church (Spartansburg, Pennsylvania, USA)|Valley View Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Spartansburg</td> <td>Pennsylvania</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Walnut Creek Mennonite Church (Walnut Creek, Ohio, USA)|Walnut Creek Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Walnut Creek</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wayside Chapel</td> <td>Pedro</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[West Clinton Mennonite Church (Wauseon, Ohio, USA)|West Clinton Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Wauseon</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Wooster Mennonite Church (Wooster, Ohio, USA)|Wooster Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Wooster</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr> <tr> <td>[[Zion Mennonite Church (Archbold, Ohio, USA)|Zion Mennonite Church]]</td> <td>Archbold</td> <td>Ohio</td> </tr>  </table> </div>
 
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
<em>Gospel Herald</em> (5 April 1988): 234-36.
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''Gospel Herald'' (5 April 1988): 234-36.
  
 
Horsch, James E., ed. <em>Mennonite Yearbook and Directory</em>. Scottdale: Mennonite Publishing House (1988-89): 31-33.
 
Horsch, James E., ed. <em>Mennonite Yearbook and Directory</em>. Scottdale: Mennonite Publishing House (1988-89): 31-33.
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Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA [http://ohio.mennonite.net/ website].
 
Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA [http://ohio.mennonite.net/ website].
 
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1990 Article

The Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church (Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA after the merger of the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church) had its origins in the Ohio Mennonite Conference (1843; some accounts trace the origins of the conference to 1834) and the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference (1893). These two conferences merged in 1927 to form the Ohio Mennonite and Eastern Amish Mennonite Joint Conference, later shortened to Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference. In 1978 another realignment occurred when the eastern congregations, located largely in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and New Jersey, formed the Atlantic Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church. The remaining Ohio congregations then formed the Ohio Conference by the present name.

In 1986 the conference had 11,136 members (80 congregations) and 164 ministers. The congregations were located in Ohio except for four in western Pennsylvania, one in Michigan, and one in Kentucky. The main settlements of these congregations were in Holmes County, Wayne County, the area around the town of Archbold, Stark County, the area around the town of West Liberty, Logan County, and Columbiana County Some small, rather isolated, rural churches were established in the late 1940s and 1950s. Since then greater effort went into beginning new congregations in urban and suburban areas. In 1987 there were four congregations in Cleveland.

The Kidron community in Wayne County served as a base for many of the conference's programs. Here are located the conference offices with staff serving in administration, youth ministries and nurture, and peace and service work. In the late 1960s a full-time conference minister along with overseers replaced the traditional Mennonite bishop system of pastoral oversight to congregations. Camp Luz, a Mennonite-affiliated youth camp, is located near Kidron, as is Central Christian High School (founded 1961). In 1987 the latter was a 200-student secondary school. The bimonthly periodical of the conference is The Ohio Evangel.

When strong leaders have emerged in the Ohio Conference in the post-World War II period, they have tended to move outside of the conference to where the church-wide institutions are located. For example, the Elida community (Allen County) produced the Augsburger family of leaders (A. Don, Myron, David), and the Oak Grove congregation in Wayne County produced outstanding educational and theological leaders in the Meyer (Albert J.) and Yoder (John H.; Mary Ellen Yoder Meyer) families.

The conference has had theological and social interaction with the three other main Mennonite bodies within the state including joint meetings with the Central District (GCM) in 1984. Four congregations had affiliations with both conferences. Church planting and mission efforts were increasingly coordinated between these two conferences. Various informal contacts with the Conservative Mennonite Conference and the large Ohio Amish population continued.

2017 Update

In 2017 the following 57 congregations were members of the Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church:

Congregation City State
Agora Christian Fellowship Columbus Ohio
Beech Mennonite Church Louisville Ohio
Berean Fellowship Church Youngstown Ohio
Berlin Mennonite Church Berlin Ohio
Bethel Mennonite Church West Liberty Ohio
Central Mennonite Church Archbold Ohio
Chestnut Ridge Mennonite Church Orrville Ohio
Community Christian Fellowship Rio Grande Ohio
Cross Connections Strasburg Ohio
Crown Hill Mennonite Church Rittman Ohio
Emmanuel Mennonite Church Monclova Ohio
Fairpoint Mennonite Church Fairpoint Ohio
First Mennonite Church of Canton Canton Ohio
Friendship Mennonite Church Bedford Heights Ohio
Gilead Mennonite Church Chesterville Ohio
Good Shepherd Mennonite Church Archbold Ohio
Huber Mennonite Church New Carlisle Ohio
Inlet Mennonite Church Wauseon Ohio
Jubilee Mennonite Church Bellefontaine Ohio
Kalida Family Outreach Center Kalida Ohio
Kidron Mennonite Church Kidron Ohio
Lafayette Christian Fellowship West Lafayette Ohio
Lee Heights Community Church Cleveland Ohio
Leetonia Mennonite Church Leetonia Ohio
LifeBridge Community Church Dover Ohio
Lima Mennonite Church Lima Ohio
Lockport Mennonite Church Stryker Ohio
Maple Grove Mennonite Church New Castle Pennsylvania
Martins Creek Mennonite Church Millersburg Ohio
Martins Mennonite Church Orrville Ohio
Midway Mennonite Church Columbiana Ohio
Millersburg Mennonite Church Millersburg Ohio
New Mercies Community Church Burton Ohio
Oak Grove Mennonite Church West Liberty Ohio
Oak Grove Mennonite Church Smithville Ohio
Orrville Mennonite Church Orrville Ohio
Peace Mennonite Church Elyria Ohio
Pike Mennonite Church Elida Ohio
Pine Grove Mennonite Church Stryker Ohio
Primera Iglesia Menonita Helena Ohio
Salem Mennonite Church Wooster Ohio
Salem Mennonite Church Elida Ohio
Salem Mennonite Church Kidron Ohio
Salem Mennonite Church Waldron Michigan
Sharon Mennonite Church Plain City Ohio
Sonnenberg Mennonite Church Kidron Ohio
South Union Mennonite Church West Liberty Ohio
Southside Mennonite Church Springfield Ohio
Summit Mennonite Church Barberton Ohio
Sunnyside Mennonite Church Conneaut Lake Pennsylvania
Tedrow Mennonite Church Wauseon Ohio
Toledo Mennonite Church Toledo Ohio
University Euclid Christ New Testament Bedford Heights Ohio
Valley View Mennonite Church Spartansburg Pennsylvania
Wayside Chapel Pedro Ohio
West Clinton Mennonite Church Wauseon Ohio
Wooster Mennonite Church Wooster Ohio
Zion Mennonite Church Archbold Ohio

Bibliography

Gospel Herald (5 April 1988): 234-36.

Horsch, James E., ed. Mennonite Yearbook and Directory. Scottdale: Mennonite Publishing House (1988-89): 31-33.

Miller, Levi. Our People: The Amish and Mennonites of Ohio. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1983.

Stoltzfus, Grant M. Mennonites of the Ohio and Eastern Conference. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1969.

Additional Information

Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA website.


Author(s) Levi Miller
Date Published July 2010


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