Belleview Mennonite Church (Columbus, Kansas, USA)

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The Belleview Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church), a Central Conference congregation located near Columbus in southeastern Kansas. Samuel Mishler, who came to Kansas from Illinois in 1880 and who lived about 15 miles (25 km) south of Columbus, preached for the Mennonites from Illinois who settled near Columbus, and was responsible for the organization of the congregation. In about 1888 Mishler ordained John Naffziger, a member of the congregation and one of the original settlers, as pastor of the church.

The congregation had no conference affiliation until 1920 when it became a member of the Central Conference of Mennonites. Its membership in 1952 was 14.

The congregation ceased to exist in November 1972. The 1973/74 Handbook of Information indicates Belleview "withdrew" from the Central District Conference in that month.


Pannabecker, Samuel Floyd. Faith in Ferment: a History of the Central District Conference. Faith and Life Press, 1968: 271.

Rich, Elaine Sommers, ed. Walking Together in Faith: The Central District Conference, 1957-1990. Bluffton, Ohio: The Conference, 2003: 100-101.

Weaver, William B. History of the Central Conference Mennonite Church. Danvers, Ill: The author, 1926: 123-124. Available in full electronic text at

Additional Information

Address: Columbus, Kansas



Denominational Affiliations: Central District Conference

General Conference Mennonite Church

Pastoral Leaders at Belleview Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Samuel A. Mishler (1826-1896) 1880-1896
Johannes "John" Naffziger (1848-1918) 1888-1918
Visiting Pastors 1918-1948
Henry Thiessen (1888-1953) 1948-1950
Visiting Pastors 1950-1972

Membership at Belleview Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1925 24
1950 20
1960 12
1970 8

Author(s) William B. Weaver
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published November 2022

Cite This Article

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Weaver, William B. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Belleview Mennonite Church (Columbus, Kansas, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2022. Web. 29 Nov 2023.,_Kansas,_USA)&oldid=174260.

APA style

Weaver, William B. and Samuel J. Steiner. (November 2022). Belleview Mennonite Church (Columbus, Kansas, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2023, from,_Kansas,_USA)&oldid=174260.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 272. All rights reserved.

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