Souderton Mennonite Church (Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)
Souderton Mennonite Church, located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a member of the Franconia Conference, began in 1879 when families of the Franconia and the Rockhill Mennonite congregations living in Souderton built the first house of worship in Souderton. The congregation was organized in 1891. The first communion was held on 19 April 1891, when 68 members partook. Ministers from established Mennonite congregations accepted appointments to preach at Souderton until 1914, when the first minister there was ordained. Ministers who have served the congregation with the date of ordination were Jacob M. Moyer, minister 1914; bishop 1947; Elmer B. Moyer (d. 1957) minister 1919; Russell B. Musselman, minister 1948. The membership in 1958 was 470; Stanley Shenk was assisting in the ministry. A considerable number have left from here to build mission stations into congregations in the outlying areas.
In 2014 the congregation was served by Ministers Mary Sue Benner, Gerald A. Clemmer, Sandra Drescher-Lehman, Tamira Lynn Good, Kirby D. King, and James Finley Laverty. The church had 705 members.
Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Telford, 1937.
Address: 105 W. Chestnut Street, Souderton, PA 18964
Web site: http://www.soudertonmennonite.org/
Ordained Leaders at Souderton Mennonite Church
|Provided by Conference||1879-1914|
|Jacob M. Moyer (1891-1967)||1914-1967|
|Elmer B. Moyer (1888-1957)||1919-1957|
|Russel B. Musselman (1912-1998)||1948-1982|
|Norman E. Yutzy (1930-2000)||1964-1967|
|Richard C. Detweiler (1924-1991)||1967-1980|
|Charles B. Mininger (1906-2000)||1973-1975|
|B. Charles Hostetter (1916-1997, Interim)||1976-1977|
|Glenn H. Egli (1935-2007)||1979-1984|
|Gerald A. Clemmer (1954- )||1983-2014|
|Samuel Janzen (1921-2012)||1984-1988|
|Robert N. Johnson (1932-1990)||1989-1990|
|Mary Sue Benner||2003-2015|
|Gary J. McMichael||2005-2008|
|Alan Miller (Interim)||2015-January 2016|
|Tim Bentch||December 2015-present|
|Miriam Book (Interim)||2016-present|
Membership at Souderton Mennonite Church
|Author(s)||Jacob M Moyer|
|Date Published||April 2014|
Cite This Article
Moyer, Jacob M. "Souderton Mennonite Church (Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2014. Web. 23 Apr 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Souderton_Mennonite_Church_(Souderton,_Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=140451.
Moyer, Jacob M. (April 2014). Souderton Mennonite Church (Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 April 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Souderton_Mennonite_Church_(Souderton,_Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=140451.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 582. All rights reserved.
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