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United Bethel Mennonite Church (formerly United Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church) (Biblical Mennonite Alliance), located near Plain City, in Madison County, Ohio, originally a member of the Conservative (Amish) Mennonite Conference, was started by a few Amish families who met for Sunday school, beginning in 1938. Andrew Farmwald was ordained as minister, and Harry Stutzman, of Holmes County, Ohio, was given bishop oversight of the church. Enos Yoder was ordained to the ministry on 26 January 1948, and was still the minister in charge in 1957. The meeting house, built in 1948, is a frame structure seating 300 persons. In 1957 the membership was 164, with Ray F. Miller as bishop in charge.

In February 2000 the congregation joined the Biblical Mennonite Alliance

In 2012 the leading minister was D. Clyde Byler and the associate pastors were Wesley D. Helmuth and Lonnie J. Miller. The congregational membership was 240 and the average weekly attendance was 250.

Bibliography

Biblical Mennonite Alliance. "BMA Directory 2012." Web. 15 May 2012. http://www.biblicalmennonite.com/support-files/2012-bma-directory-updated-mar-12-for-web.pdf.

Hershberger, Brenda. Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2012-13. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2012: 42.

Additional Information

Address: 11342 Lafayette P. C. Road, Plain City, OH  43064

Telephone: 614-873-5112

Website: United Bethel Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliation:

Biblical Mennonite Alliance


Author(s) Andrew D. Farmwald
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published May 2012


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Farmwald, Andrew D. and Richard D. Thiessen. "United Bethel Mennonite Church (Plain City, Ohio, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2012. Web. 21 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=United_Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Plain_City,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=78394.

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Farmwald, Andrew D. and Richard D. Thiessen. (May 2012). United Bethel Mennonite Church (Plain City, Ohio, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=United_Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Plain_City,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=78394.




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