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Valley View Mennonite Church, Criders, Virginia, 2012.
Photo by Elwood Yoder; used with permission.
Source: Mennonite Archives of Virginia.

Valley View Mennonite Church (Mennonite Conference), located 20 miles west of Broadway, Rockingham County, Virginia, is a member of the Northern District of the Vir­ginia Mennonite Conference.   Rural work was begun in this community about 1880-85 by the Northern District ministers, in schoolhouses and in the Caplingers Chapel (United Brethren) near by. In 1922 a frame church was built to accommodate the growing con­gregation. Preaching services are held twice a month and Sunday school every Sunday.

The 1957 mem­bership was 92. Ray Emswiler was pastor. In 2014 membership was 66 and the minister was H. Michael Shenk III.

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Address: PO Box 20, Criders, VA 22820-0020

Location: 21806 Criders Road, Criders, Virginia

Phone: 540-852-9338

Denominational Affiliation:

Virginia Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Author(s) Timothy Showalter
Date Published 1959

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Showalter, Timothy. "Valley View Mennonite Church (Criders, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 Nov 2015.,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=117462.

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Showalter, Timothy. (1959). Valley View Mennonite Church (Criders, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 November 2015, from,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=117462.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 798. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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