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Southeastern Mennonite Conference was officially organized in June 1972 by a group concerned about deviations from Bible doctrine and practices espoused by the Anabaptist movement, particularly at Eastern Mennonite College and the Virginia Mennonite Mission Board. Formerly part of the West Valley District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference, Southeastern Conference initially consisted of 12 congregations, 559 members, and 37 ordained men. The conference published a bimonthly periodical, Life Lines of the Southeastern Mennonite Conference. In the late 1980s it met semiannually in regular session during the last full week of January and June. In June 1979 the conference took action to form two districts, designated as Virginia-West Virginia District and Georgia-Carolina District. In 1981 the conference opened a mission in Anasco, Puerto Rico. In 1986 Southeastern Conference consisted of 17 congregations, with three in Georgia, one in Puerto Rico, one in South Carolina, nine in Virginia, and three in West Virginia. There were a total of 837 members and a ministerial body numbering 54 members (5 bishops, 32 ministers, and 18 deacons).

In 1995 the South Atlantic Mennonite Conference was formed from the Georgia-Carolina District of the Southeastern Mennonite Conference.

In 2010 the Southeastern Mennonite Conference had 734 members in 16 congregations:

Congregation Location State Founded Members
Bank Mennonite Church Hinton Virginia 1849 122
Bethany Mennonite Church Dayton Virginia 1910 44
Bethesda Mennonite Church Broadway Virginia 1974 34
Boyer Hill Mennonite Church Bartow West Virginia 1959 28
Brushy Run Mennonite Church Onego West Virginia 1929 27
Ebenezer Mennonite Church South Boston Virginia 1904 78
Followers of Christ Mennonite Church Anasco Puerto Rico 1981 9
Fountain of Life Mennonite Church Barceloneta Puerto Rico 1989 3
McDowell Mennonite Church McDowell Virginia 2004 31
McGaheysville Mennonite Church McGaheysville Virginia 1980 26
Mount Hermon Mennonite Church Stanardsville Virginia 1936 47
North Fork Mennonite Church Petersburg West Virginia 1948 37
Peake Mennonite Church Hinton Virginia 1910 85
Pike Mennonite Church Harrisonburg Virginia 1825 90
Rawley Springs Mennonite Church Rawley Springs Virginia 1930 40
Strasburg Mennonite Church Strasburg Virginia 1999 33
Total 734

See also Conservative Mennonites.

Bibliography

Horsch, James E., ed. Mennonite Yearbook and Directory. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House (1988-89): 97.

Lehman, James O. "My Discoveries in Local Mennonite History." CrossRoads Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center website. 2 November 2008. Web. 3 September 2010. http://www.vbmhc.org/history/2008/08FallLecture/08FallLehman.shtml.

Mennonite Church Directory 2010. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2010: 115-117.


Author(s) John D Risser
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published October 2010


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Risser, John D and Richard D. Thiessen. "Southeastern Mennonite Conference." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2010. Web. 18 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Southeastern_Mennonite_Conference&oldid=117350.

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Risser, John D and Richard D. Thiessen. (October 2010). Southeastern Mennonite Conference. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Southeastern_Mennonite_Conference&oldid=117350.




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