Belmont Mennonite Church (Elkhart, Indiana, USA)

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The Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana, launched a Sunday school in the Hudson-Sterling area of the city on 23 June 1929. The mission remained an outpost of the Prairie Street congregation until 1949 and utilized Prairie Street's ministers.

Initially, Prairie Street rented a house on Moyer Avenue. Eventually, it dismantled a former Evangelical Church building in rural Harrison Township of Elkhart County and reconstructed it at the corner of Oxford and Belmont Streets. In 1953, the church enlarged the basement and added a new entrance. Four years later, it enlarged and renovated the building again. It built a new building in the same vicinity in 1997. The former building was rented to the Worldwide Church of God.

In 1991, Belmont launched a second service, which became known as the Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship (BNF). It became a separate congregation in 2006 but remained closely related to Belmont Mennonite through the sharing of facilities and support staff.


"Belmont Mennonite, Inc." Gospel Evangel 87, no. 7 (November 2006): 1-2.

Preheim, Rich. In Pursuit of Faithfulness: Conviction, Conflict, and Compromise in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald Press, 2016: 147, 307.

Wenger, John Christian. The Mennonites in Indiana and Michigan. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1961: 214.

Additional Information

Address: 925 Oxford Street, Elkhart, Indiana 46516

Phone: 574-293-5160


Denominational Affiliations:

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Belmont Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
LeRoy L. Hostetler (1904-2004) 1949-1951
Silvan "S. Jay" Hostetler (1901-1978)
Neil Beachy (1922-1963) 1957-1961
Ray S. Bair 1962-1979
Ron Flaming (Interim) 1979-1980
Dennis Stauffer 1980-1982
Dale Schumm (1932-2002)(Interim) 1982-1983
Willard M. Swartley (1936-2019)(Interim) 1983-1984
Duane E. Beck 1984-2005
Philip K. Mininger (Associate) 1993-1998?
Nina B. Lanctot (Associate) 1999?-2005
Daniel Z. Miller (Transitional) 2006-2007
Larry D. Rohrer 2007-2019
Amanda A. "Mandy" Yoder 2008-
Philip B. Schmidt 2021-

Belmont Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 64
1960 124
1970 179
1980 202
1990 168
2000 177
2009 188
2020 132

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By LeRoy L. Hostetler. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 272. All rights reserved.

Belmont Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), Elkhart, Indiana, was started by the Prairie Street Mennonite Church as a mission outpost on 23 June 1929. The first Sunday-school superintendent was C. W. Leininger and his assistant was John Gingrich. The church was organized as a congregation in January 1949 with 57 charter members. In 1952 the pastor was S. Jay Hostetler and the membership 64.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published April 2024

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