Ava New Order Amish Settlement (Ava, Illinois, USA)

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The Ava New Order Amish settlement in Ava, Illinois, USA was established in December 1991 when the Melvin L. Miller family moved to the area. Melvin was a minister from Union Grove, North Carolina, though he had been ordained as an Amish minister in Arthur, Illinois in 1974. Two more ministers moved to the area in 1992 and 1994. On 11 November 1995 Melvin Miller was ordained as bishop. As the settlement grew there were an additional seven men ordained.

In 2014 there were seven dairy farms, four woodworking shops, two pallet shops, a bulk food store, a hydroponic greenhouse, as well as carpenters and crop farmers. Ava is considered one of the "electric" New Order Amish.

IN 2006 a sister settlement at Carbondale, Illinois began when several families expressed interest in moving to Ava at a time when both church houses were full. The Ave leadership recommended a new settlement be established.

In 2014 the settlement was part of the New Order Amish. The bishops were Melvin L. Miller (retired), Edward L. Lambright and Paul M. Lambright. There were two districts with a total of 51 family units.

The settlement also had two parochial schools.


New Order Amish Directory (2014): 8-19.

Waldrep, G. C. "The New Order Amish and para-Amish groups: spiritual renewal within tradition." Mennonite Quarterly Review 82 (July 2008): 395-426.

Additional Information

Address: Ava, Illinois, USA


Denominational Affiliations:

New Order Amish

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published February 2020

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Ava New Order Amish Settlement (Ava, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2020. Web. 6 Jul 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ava_New_Order_Amish_Settlement_(Ava,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=167012.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (February 2020). Ava New Order Amish Settlement (Ava, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 July 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ava_New_Order_Amish_Settlement_(Ava,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=167012.

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