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Souderton Mennonite Church in Souderton, Pennsylvania in August 1946.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.0-6).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana

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.

[edit] Bibliography

Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Telford, 1937.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 105 W. Chestnut Street, Souderton, PA  18964

Phone: 215-723-3088

Web site:

Denominational Affiliations:

Franconia Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church (MC)

Mennonite Church USA

Author(s) Jacob M Moyer
Date Published April 2014

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Moyer, Jacob M. "Souderton Mennonite Church (Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2014. Web. 21 Oct 2016.,_Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=138295.

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Moyer, Jacob M. (April 2014). Souderton Mennonite Church (Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2016, from,_Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=138295.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 582. All rights reserved.

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