Bellwood Mennonite Church (Milford, Nebraska, USA)

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The Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford, Nebraska, USA, began out of dissension within the East Fairview Mennonite Church. The use of television and changing practices at weddings created issues in some of the more conservative Nebraska congregations. A portion of the East Fairview congregation withdrew and organized itself in November 1957 and began meeting separately along with some dissident members of the West Fairview congregation. The fallout of the conflict meant the Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC) did not admit Bellwood to the conference until 1970.

The new group met initially in the Beaver Crossing Evangelical United Brethren building. It broke ground for its own building in mid-1958 and began meeting in the new basement in October 1958. It dedicated the new meetinghouse on 5 March 1959.

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


"Ground has been broken...." Gospel Herald 51, no. 26 (1 July 1958): 624.

"History." Bellwood Mennonite Church. Accessed 10 July 2007. [Broken link]

Yoder, Holly Blosser. The same spirit: History of Iowa-Nebraska Mennonites. Freeman, S.D.: Central Plains Mennonite Conference, 2003: 160-166, 280.

Additional Information

Address: 520 B Street, Milford, Nebraska

Phone: 402-761-2709

Website: Bellwood Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations: Central Plains Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Bellwood Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Ivan R. Lind (1910-1970) 1958-1965
John M. Landis (1914-2003) 1965-1969?
Herbert L. Yoder (1929-2021) 1970-1982
Ronald King 1982-1985?
Stanley Weaver 1985-1987?
Noah S. Kolb 1987?-1994
Albert H. Epp (1931-2019)(Interim) 1995-1996
Marlin Kym 1996-2005
Betta Kym (Assistant) 1996-2005
David M. Miller 2007?-2018
Taric L. Leichty (Associate) 2013-2022
Gordon Scoville (Transitional) 2018-2019
Gene Miller (Interim) 2019-2020?
Stephen P. Griffin 2020-

Membership at Bellwood Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1958 61
1960 130
1970 156
1980 209
1990 246
2000 241
2009 206
2020 182


Map:Bellwood Mennonite Church (Milford, Nebraska)

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Melvin Gingerich. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1064. All rights reserved.

The Bellwood Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), Milford, Nebraska, was organized in November 1957 by approximately 13 families of the Milford Mennonite community. After meeting in a grocery store, school house, and in homes, the congregation purchased land in the Bellwood section of Milford, Nebraska, from which came the name Bellwood Mennonite Church. The new building, begun in 1958, was dedicated in March 1959. The 1959 membership was 70, with Ivan R. Lind serving as pastor.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published March 2023

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Bellwood Mennonite Church (Milford, Nebraska, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2023. Web. 29 Nov 2023.,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=175321.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (March 2023). Bellwood Mennonite Church (Milford, Nebraska, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2023, from,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=175321.

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