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West Union Mennonite Church, 1950s.
Scan courtesy of Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen X-31.1, Box 18/45

West Union Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), a member of the Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference, located at Parnell, 9 miles north of Wellman, Iowa, was organized 11 December 1897, by part of the group that worshiped at the Union Meetinghouse northwest of Kalona and which had left the Old Order Amish in 1884 with Christian Warey as minister. They worshiped at the Greene Center Schoolhouse until their church was completed and dedicated 5 June 1898. In 1917 the present building with a seating capacity of 400-500 was erected. Approximately 50 members worship at the Parnell Mennonite Church, a mission church that was started by West Union in 1948. In 1906 West Union started a mission Sunday school near Wellman, which became the Wellman Mennonite Church in 1935. The membership in 1957 was 386, with Herman Ropp as bishop and Paul T. Guengerich and Amos Gingerich as ministers. Bishops Christian Warey, A. I. Yoder, J. K. Yoder, A. G. Yoder, and John Y. Swartzendruber have served this congregation.

Additional Information

Address: 3253 - 305th Street, Parnell, IA 52325

Phone: 319-646-6004


Author(s) Paul T Guengerich
Date Published 1959


Cite This Article

MLA style

Guengerich, Paul T. "West Union Mennonite Church (Parnell, Iowa, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 10 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Union_Mennonite_Church_(Parnell,_Iowa,_USA)&oldid=101729.

APA style

Guengerich, Paul T. (1959). West Union Mennonite Church (Parnell, Iowa, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Union_Mennonite_Church_(Parnell,_Iowa,_USA)&oldid=101729.




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