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The Pilgrim Mennonite Conference was organized in 1991, several months before 22 ordained men, including bishops H. Stephen Ebersole, Sidney B. Gingerich, and Aaron M. Shank, were released from their membership in the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church (EPMC). They believed that the Eastern Pennsylvania denomination had become too legalistic in its church discipline, and they desired more activities for their youth.

The denomination has carried out mission work in Honduras through Honduras Mission, operated Pilgrim Mennonite Bible School in Kokomo, Mississippi, and maintained the Shepherd’s Fold program for released prisoners.

In 2010 the Pilgrim Mennonite Conference had 1,484 members in 24 congregations:

Congregation Location State/Country Founded Members
Blue Ridge Mennonite Church Carlisle Pennsylvania 1995 88
Calvary Mennonite Church Chambersburg Pennsylvania 1992 61
Chapel Mennonite Church Hereford Pennsylvania 1995 31
Darbun Mennonite Church Darbun Mississippi 1969 59
Dublin Mennonite Church Dublin Georgia 1974 59
Elm Street Mennonite Church Lebanon Pennsylvania 1955 109
Fourth Avenue Mennonite Church Altoona Pennsylvania 2006 32
Great Lakes Mennonite Church Claire Michigan 2007 27
Iglesia Menonita de Macuelizo Macuelizo Intabuca, Honduras 2009 8
Iglesia Menonita El Naranjo El Naranjo Intabuca, Honduras 2005 13
Iglesia Menonita Siguatepeque Sigualepeque Comayagua, Honduras 2000 67
Lake View Mennonite Church North East Pennsylvania 1992 47
Leola Mennonite Church Leola Pennsylvania 1996 95
Liberty Mennonite Church Liberty Pennsylvania 1999 65
Mount Joy Mennonite Church Leetonia Ohio 1988 118
Pensacola Mennonite Church Pensacola Florida 1953 46
Phillips Creek Mennonite Church Phillips Creek New York 1974 25
Piedmont Mennonite Church Amelia Court House Virginia 2007 56
Providence Mennonite Church Grantville Pennsylvania 1992 60
Ridge View Mennonite Church Barnett Missouri 2006 20
Seneca Mennonite Fellowship Romulus New York 1998 43
Shade Mountain Mennonite Church Mount Pleasant Mills Pennsylvania 1991 101
Shirksville Mennonite Church Fredericksburg Pennsylvania 1775 109
Swatara Mennonite Church Myerstown Pennsylvania 1969 145
Total 1,484

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Church Directory 2010. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2010: 110-113.

Scott, Stephen. An Introduction to Old Order and Conservative Mennonite Groups. People's Place Book #12. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1996: 179-180.


Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published October 2010


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Thiessen, Richard D. "Pilgrim Mennonite Conference." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2010. Web. 31 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pilgrim_Mennonite_Conference&oldid=123197.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (October 2010). Pilgrim Mennonite Conference. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pilgrim_Mennonite_Conference&oldid=123197.




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