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Shirksville Mennonite Church (Pilgrim Mennonite Conference), located seven miles (11.5 km) north of Lebanon in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, was formerly a member of the Lancaster Conference. It is the oldest (founded 1740) and most northerly of Mennonite churches in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Caspar and Barbara Shirk moved from Chestnut Hill to the farm from which the site for the meetinghouse was taken. When the deed was given to Christian Newcomer, Peter Graff, Peter Wolf, and Christian Lentz in 1776, the meetinghouse was already erected and the cemetery ground provided. It served the congregation until the present frame church was built on the same site in 1895. Most of the original families have been lost to the church, but others moved in; the membership in 1957 was 60, with Lester C. Shirk as minister.

In 2014 the membership was 105. The ministerial team was comprised of Bishop H. Stephen Ebersole, Ministers Loyal Ebersole and Jesse R. Burkholder, and Deacon Clifford L. Kreider.

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Address: 605 Shirksville Road, Jonestown, Pennsylvania

Phone: 717-865-2005

Denominational Affiliation:

Pilgrim Mennonite Conference

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Map:Shirksville Mennonite Church (Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania)


Author(s) Ira D Landis
Date Published 1958


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Landis, Ira D. "Shirksville Mennonite Church (Jonestown, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1958. Web. 29 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Shirksville_Mennonite_Church_(Jonestown,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=121901.

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Landis, Ira D. (1958). Shirksville Mennonite Church (Jonestown, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Shirksville_Mennonite_Church_(Jonestown,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=121901.




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Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published May 2014


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Thiessen, Richard D. "Shirksville Mennonite Church (Jonestown, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2014. Web. 29 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Shirksville_Mennonite_Church_(Jonestown,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=121901.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (May 2014). Shirksville Mennonite Church (Jonestown, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Shirksville_Mennonite_Church_(Jonestown,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=121901.




©1996-2014 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.