Ashland Christian Fellowship (Ashland, Montana, USA)
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).
Schmidt, Diena, ed. The Northern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church 1891-1991. Freeman, S.D.: The Conference, 1991: 96-98.
Address: 7 Old Mission Road, Ashland, Montana
Denominational Affiliations: Central Plains Mennonite Conference
Pastoral Leaders at Ashland Christian Fellowship
|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|
|Richard P. Cullen||1978-1988|
|Steve W. Cheramie (1955-2016)||1988-1992|
|David Wagner (Assistant)||1989-1993?|
Membership at Ashland Christian Fellowship
|Samuel J. Steiner|
|Date Published||March 2023|
Cite This Article
Habegger, Alfred and Samuel J. Steiner. "Ashland Christian Fellowship (Ashland, Montana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2023. Web. 7 Dec 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ashland_Christian_Fellowship_(Ashland,_Montana,_USA)&oldid=177463.
Habegger, Alfred and Samuel J. Steiner. (March 2023). Ashland Christian Fellowship (Ashland, Montana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 December 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ashland_Christian_Fellowship_(Ashland,_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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