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Wadsworth First Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite [GCM] ), located in Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, 12 miles west of Akron, was organized by Ephraim Hunsberger in 1852, who came to Wadsworth from Berks County, Pennsylvania. The first members were three families from the Bally Mennonite (GCM) Church at Hereford, Pennsylvania, who came in 1851. At the dedication of the first meetinghouse on 9 October 1853, twelve were baptized to be added to the charter membership of 10. Hunsberger was ordained 10 October 1852 in Pennsylvania for the new congregation at Wadsworth, and began preaching at Wadsworth the same month. The first deacon was ordained in 1853. In 1892 the congregation purchased its present meetinghouse, a former Congregational church on the corner of College and Pardee streets. The membership in 1957 was 264; A. J. Neuenschwander was the pastor.

Author(s) Russell L Mast
Date Published 1959

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Mast, Russell L. "Wadsworth First Mennonite Church (Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 28 Jun 2017.,_Medina_County,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=78518.

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Mast, Russell L. (1959). Wadsworth First Mennonite Church (Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 June 2017, from,_Medina_County,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=78518.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 866. All rights reserved.

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