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Salem Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) is a rural mission church at Baker, Hardy County, West Virginia, under the Virginia Mennonite Conference. In 1868 ministers from Broadway, Virginia, traveled 45 miles to Bean Settlement, 6 miles north of this church, and preached at a schoolhouse, giving pastoral care to a few members living there. Later they also preached at the Mine Spring schoolhouse nearby.

In 1927 a church was built here, which was enlarged in 1948 by adding two Sunday-school rooms. This congregation is the result of one of the first efforts of rural evangelism of the Northern District of the Virginia Conference. The membership in 1957 was 113; the pastor was Samuel A. Shank.

In 2010 the average attendance was 20 and the congregation was a member of the Mountain Valley Mennonite Churches. The pastor was Ortho Horst.


Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2011. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2011: 65.

Additional Information

Address: 3836 Parker Hollow Road, Baker, WV 26801

Telephone: 304-897-7597

Denominational Affiliation:

Mountain Valley Mennonite Churches

Author(s) Timothy Showalter
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published April 2012

Cite This Article

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Showalter, Timothy and Richard D. Thiessen. "Salem Mennonite Church (Baker, West Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2012. Web. 26 Jun 2017.,_West_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=77353.

APA style

Showalter, Timothy and Richard D. Thiessen. (April 2012). Salem Mennonite Church (Baker, West Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 June 2017, from,_West_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=77353.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 406. All rights reserved.

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