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The work of publication was begun when the church, since 1947 called the United Missionary Church (now Missionary Church), was known as the Evangelical Mennonite Church. The first publication was the Gospel Ban­ner, an 8-page semimonthly, which was begun in July 1876. In the early years this periodical was published in Goshen, Indiana, and was printed part in English and part in German. It still continues as the church organ, has 16 pages, and is published weekly. For twenty years, 1900-20, the publication work of the church was carried on in Kitchener, Ontario. Besides the church organ, the Publication So­ciety published the disciplines, songbooks, and some other church literature.

In 1910 the Bethel Series of Sunday School Litera­ture using the International Uniform Series was launched for the church by an independent pub­lishing company, the Bethel Publishing Company, headed by J. A. Huffman, an ordained minister in the church. Headquarters of this publishing house were first at New Castle, Ohio, and then Dayton, Ohio. In 1920 the publication work of the church under the Publication Society was merged with that of the Bethel Publishing Company and was located in Elkhart, Indiana, in 1928. Since the change made in 1920, the recognized publishing house of the church has continued to be known as the Bethel Publishing Company, under the management of the Publication Board of the church and with an Agent employed by that board.

Author(s) J. A Huffman
Date Published 1959

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Huffman, J. A. "Publication Society of the United Missionary Church." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 27 Apr 2017.

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Huffman, J. A. (1959). Publication Society of the United Missionary Church. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 April 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 228. All rights reserved.

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