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Salem Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), located one-half mile south and 5 miles west of New Paris, Elkhart County, Indiana, was originally a member of the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. The church was organized by R. J. Smid (1814-1893) in 1889. About one half of the charter members were Mennonite immigrants from Balk, Friesland, Netherlands, who had arrived in 1853 and had held Dutch services in homes and schoolhouses, and also attended German services in the Christophel Mennonite church, an alternate meeting place for the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. The meetinghouse was built in 1889 and enlarged in 1919.

Ministers of the congregation have been R. J. Smid (Schmidt), J. H. Bare (ordained 1906), Ray F. Yoder, (ordained 1918), Francis E. Freed (ordained 1939), and Harold D. Myers. The membership in the late 1950s was 166.

In 2014 the church was an independent Mennonite congregation with 150 members. The congregation was led by Bishop G. Terrill Yoder, Ministers Jerry A. Helmuth, DeWayne Martin, and Kevin Martin, and Deacon Owen Martin.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 135.

Yoder, Marie. "The Balk Dutch Settlement near Goshen, Indiana, 1853-1889." Mennonite Quarterly Review 30 (1936): 32-43.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 23984 CR 46, New Paris, Indiana

Phone: 574-831-2803

Author(s) Ray F Yoder
Date Published 1959

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Yoder, Ray F. "Salem Mennonite Church (New Paris, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 24 Jun 2017.,_Elkhart_County,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=143398.

APA style

Yoder, Ray F. (1959). Salem Mennonite Church (New Paris, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 June 2017, from,_Elkhart_County,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=143398.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 405. All rights reserved.

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