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Vincent Mennonite Church (Mennonite Conference), located in East Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, a member of the Franconia Mennonite Conference, was probably established in 1735. In 1798 John and Catherine Rhoades con­veyed two acres of land to representatives of the congregation, and for a long time the meetinghouse was called the Rhoades Church. This meetinghouse was remodeled in 1858, and razed in 1889 when a new church, 35 x 55 ft. was built. The Vincent congregation was small. It is claimed that the steep-pitched roof (making it appear more church-like than most Mennonite meetinghouses) was built to facilitate the sale of the church in case the congregation died out. Sunday school and the English language were both adopted well in advance of the rest of the Franconia Conference congregations, and these two changes probably prevented the death of the church. The ministers of the congregation in 1958 were Amos Kolb, bishop, and Matthew Kolb and Jacob F. Kolb, preachers, with a membership of 152.

In February 1969 the decision began on building a new church. A building committee was appointed in October 1971, and a construction contract was signed 2 May 1973. In April 1974 the new building was occupied.

[edit] Bibliography

"Vincent Mennonite Church history." Vincent Mennonite Church. 2010. Web. 17 November 2016. http://www.vincentmc.org/about-us.html.

Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Fran­conia Conference. Telford, 1937: 112-116.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 39 Seven Stars Road, Spring City, PA 19475

Phone: 610-948-6130

Website: http://www.vincentmc.org/

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church USA

Franconia Mennonite Conference

[edit] Ordained Leaders at Vincent Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Hans Jacob Bechtel (d. 1739)  ?-1739
Martin Bechtel (1710-1786) 1739-1786
Jacob Funk (1761-1817)  ?-1817
Abraham Haldeman (1780-1865) 1830-1842
Jacob B. Latshaw (1796-1867) 1832?-1867
David Buckwalter (1809-1891) 1854?-1891
Jacob H. Funk (1825-1894) 1863?-1894
John H. Latshaw (1827-1910) 1887-1910
J. Clayton Kolb (1874-1947) 1900-1904
Amos Kolb (1879-1973) 1906-1973
Henry G. Bechtel (1878-1948) 1914-1948
Matthew G. Kolb (1922-2013 ) 1945-1988?
Jacob F. Kolb (1902-1993) 1948-1984
Charles S. Gogel (1912-1987) 1972-1983
Karl G. Glick (1943- ) 1977-1994
Richard Lindberg (1949- ) 1990-1994
Garland L. Meyers (1957- ) 1994-1998
H. Wesley Boyer
(Interim)
1999?-2008
2015-present
Tim Moyer 2008-2015?

[edit] Membership at Vincent Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1915 100
1925 89
1935 115
1945 150
1955 171
1965 132
1975 132
1985 146
1995 197
2005 100
2015 118

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Map:Vincent Mennonite Church (Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA)


Author(s) John C Wenger
Date Published November 2016


[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Wenger, John C. "Vincent Mennonite Church (Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2016. Web. 6 Dec 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vincent_Mennonite_Church_(Spring_City,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=140896.

APA style

Wenger, John C. (November 2016). Vincent Mennonite Church (Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 December 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vincent_Mennonite_Church_(Spring_City,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=140896.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 828. All rights reserved.


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