Spring Mount Mennonite Church (Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, USA)
The Spring Mount Mennonite Church is located in Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA, in the Perkiomen Valley. At its beginning in 1934 this faith community was a mission Sunday School and summer Bible School, organized by the Franconia Mennonite Mission Board and facilitated by members of Salford Mennonite Church. In the early 20th century communities like Spring Mount were summer resort towns. Visitors from Philadelphia would travel there on the Perkiomen branch of the Reading Railroad. The old railroad line became the Perkiomen Trail, a popular recreational space and part of the county park system.
The mission group was organized as a congregation of the Franconia Mennonite Conference in 1949.
In 2016 Spring Mount's worship style was informal, participatory, and multi-voiced. The leadership structure included a church council and elder team, working with a pastor. Its vision statement read: "To reach out to our community as a healthy congregation able to offer welcome and fellowship for the purpose of salvation and nurture in God’s grace."
Ralph, Emily. "Introducing Spring Mount Mennonite Church." Franconia Mennonite Conference. 22 August 2013. Web. 25 October 2016. http://franconiaconference.org/introducing-spring-mount-mennonite-church/.
Address: 20 Perkiomen Avenue, Spring Mount PA 19473-2342
Ordained Leaders at Spring Mount Mennonite Church
|Paul L. Ruth (1905-1998)||1944-1975|
|Daniel J. Reinford (1927- )||1972-1976|
|John R. Smucker (1932-2006)||1975-1983|
|Daniel R. Benner (1930- )||1983-1984|
|Frank E. Farrow (1931- )||1985-1989?|
|Hubert Schwartzentruber (1929- )||1989?-1994|
Membership at Spring Mount Mennonite Church
Original Article from Mennonite Encyclopedia
Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 601. All rights reserved.
Spring Mount Mennonite Church (MC), located in the village of Spring Mount within 1.5 miles of the town of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, was dedicated on 17 July 1949. On 17 October 1949, Elmer M. Mack, chairman of the Franconia Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, together with Jacob M. Moyer, bishop of the district, organized the mission group as a congregation of the Franconia Mennonite Conference. In 1955 the baptized membership was 68 with Paul L. Ruth as pastor. -- Marvin D. Ruth
|Date Published||Octobretr 2016|
Cite This Article
Steiner, Sam. "Spring Mount Mennonite Church (Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Octobretr 2016. Web. 22 Jan 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Spring_Mount_Mennonite_Church_(Schwenksville,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=143180.
Steiner, Sam. (Octobretr 2016). Spring Mount Mennonite Church (Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 January 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Spring_Mount_Mennonite_Church_(Schwenksville,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=143180.
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