Ashland Christian Fellowship (Ashland, Montana, USA)

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The Ashland Christian Fellowship was founded as the Ashland Mennonite Mission. The congregation was founded by General Conference Mennonite missionaries working among the Northern Cheyenne Indians. It is located west of Ashland, Montana, on the eastern side of the Tongue River, on the old road to the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation (formerly Tongue River Indian Reservation). A church built in 1917 by P. A. Kliewer served as an outstation from the Birney Mission station until 1921, when it was moved and a parsonage built. In 1924 Mr. and Mrs. Kliewer had to leave the work, and Valdo and Laura Petter then took care of this field. Valdo Petter died 5 May 1935, and after that his widow carried on the work.

In 1956 the Ashland Mennonite Church joined the Northern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church. Together with Bethany Mennonite Church, the Petter Memorial Mennonite Church, and the Birney Mennonite Church, they organized as the United Cheyenne Churches of Montana, later called the Northern Cheyenne Mennonite Churches.

In 1974 the Ashland Mennonite Church changed its name to Ashland Christian Fellowship. It also engaged in a more charismatic style of worship.

In 1982 the congregation helped with the publication of the Cheyenne Spiritual Songbook.

In 1995 the congregation merged with Ashland Baptist Church (Southern Baptist Convention).

In 2023 the congregation was part of the Central Plains Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA.


Schmidt, Diena, ed. The Northern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church 1891-1991. Freeman, S.D.: The Conference, 1991: 96-98.

Additional Information

Address: 7 Old Mission Road, Ashland, Montana

Phone: 406-784-6680


Denominational Affiliations: Central Plains Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Ashland Christian Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
Peter A. "P. A." Kliewer (1879-1959) 1917-1924
Valdo Petter (1895-1935) 1924-1935
Laura Petter (1899-1976) 1924-1976
Isaac "Ike" Shoulderblade (1913-2003) 1945-1976
Valdo D. Petter, Jr. 1974-1976
Karen Petter 1974-1976
Ed Underwood 1974-1976
Dan Mielki 1976-1977
Joe Johnson 1977-1978
Richard P. Cullen 1978-1988
Steve W. Cheramie (1955-2016) 1988-1992
David Wagner (Assistant) 1989-1993?
Steve Jessen 1993?-1998?
Doug Bishop 2002?-2014
Ben Waddington 2014?-

Membership at Ashland Christian Fellowship

Year Membership
1960 8
1970 54?
1980 25
1990 9
2000 9
2009 23
2020 23

Author(s) Alfred Habegger
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published March 2023

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Habegger, Alfred and Samuel J. Steiner. "Ashland Christian Fellowship (Ashland, Montana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2023. Web. 7 Dec 2023.,_Montana,_USA)&oldid=177463.

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Habegger, Alfred and Samuel J. Steiner. (March 2023). Ashland Christian Fellowship (Ashland, Montana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 December 2023, from,_Montana,_USA)&oldid=177463.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 176. All rights reserved.

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