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Risser (Rissers) Mennonite Church, located four miles east of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, a member of the Lancaster Conference, originated in 1737. The first meetinghouse was built in 1760 in a grove on Peter Risser's land. This was enlarged in 1865, and in 1887 replaced by the present frame church 50 x 70 ft. It is beautifully located, with a schoolhouse adjoining and a well-kept cemetery. In 1957 the membership was 138; Noah W. Risser and Clarence E. Lutz were the bishops, Walter W. Oberholtzer and J. Harold Forwood the ministers. It formerly shared its ministers with the Stauffer congregation at Bachmanville.

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Address: 8360 Elizabethtown Rd, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 17022

Phone: 717-367-1975


Denominational Affiliations: Lancaster Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

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Risser Mennonite Church (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA)

Author(s) Ira D Landis
Date Published 1959

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Landis, Ira D. "Risser Mennonite Church (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 26 Jun 2017.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=117057.

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Landis, Ira D. (1959). Risser Mennonite Church (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 June 2017, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=117057.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 341. All rights reserved.

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