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Pike Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 2010.
Source: Mennonite Archives of Virginia

Pike Mennonite Church (formerly Mennonite Church, now Southeastern Mennonite Conference), Harrisonburg, Virginia located 5 miles south of the city on Route 11, was established in 1825, with Frederick Rhodes and Abram Nisewonger as ministers. It was then known as "Moyers Church." In 1874 a building 28' x 36' became the first permanent house of worship. This one and the next building were both destroyed by fire. The General Conference of the Mennonite Church was conceived at Pike at a meeting on 11 November 1897.

In 1957 it had 162 members, with Aldine Brenneman and John E. Kurtz as ministers.

In 2014 the congregation had 89 members and was served by Bishop Nelson R. Showalter, Ministers Ellis Beery and John R. Swartz, and Deacons Luke Heatwole and Wade D. Knicely.


Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 127.

Additional Information

Address: 31 Pike Church Road, Harrisonburg, VA

Phone: 540-434-7842

Denominational Affiliation:

Southeastern Mennonite Conference

Author(s) Harry A Brunk
Date Published 1959

Cite This Article

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Brunk, Harry A. "Pike Mennonite Church (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 4 Oct 2015.,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=117361.

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Brunk, Harry A. (1959). Pike Mennonite Church (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 4 October 2015, from,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=117361.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 180. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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