Beth-El Community Church (Milford, Nebraska, USA)

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The Beth-El Mennonite Church, Milford, Nebraska, USA began on 6 September 1959 when a group of members from the Milford Mennonite Church met for worship in the Milford Rest Home. These members had supported the Myron Augsburger revival meetings held in Milford that summer. The leadership of the Milford Mennonite Church had not supported the Augsburger meetings since they were sponsored by an ecumenical group of city churches. Warren Eicher, one of the pastors at Milford, was part of the new group that became Beth-El. The Iowa-Nebraska Conference leadership tried to achieve reconciliation but failed.

Beth-El built its first meetinghouse in 1962 and dedicated it on 26 August 1962. It applied for membership in the Iowa-Nebraska Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC) in 1961 but was not accepted until 1963 because of the ongoing tension between Beth-El and Milford Mennonite.

As part of the realignment of the Mennonite Church (MC) and General Conference Mennonite Church into Mennonite Church USA, Beth-El Mennonite was among the congregations that joined the new Central Plains Mennonite Conference in 2000.

In August 2014, Beth-El Mennonite Church withdrew from the Central Plains Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. It subsequently changed its name to Beth-El Community Church and became a nondenominational community church.


"Dedicated on Aug. 26...." Gospel Herald 55, no. 35 (4 September 1962): 786; [photo of the building] 55, no. 44 (6 November 1962): 972.

Yoder, Holly Blosser. The same spirit: History of Iowa-Nebraska Mennonites. Freeman, S.D.: Central Plains Mennonite Conference, 2003: 161-166, 280.

Additional Information

Address: 115 North F Street, Milford, Nebraska 68405​

Phone: 402-761-3610


Denominational Affiliations:

Pastoral Leaders at Beth-El Community Church

Name Years
of Service
Warren A. Eicher (1893-1977) 1959-1970
John Willems (1933-2022) 1966-1973
Robert McKelvey 1973-1981
Edward J. Wenger 1981-1990
John C. King (1932-2017) 1990-1998
Marlin E. Thomas (1940-2007) 1998?-2002?
Audrun Siebert 2003-2012?
James Hight 2016-2020?
Joshua Jones 2021-

Beth-El Community Church Membership

Year Members
1961 65
1970 119
1980 130
1990 114
2000 138
2009 181

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published August 2023

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Beth-El Community Church (Milford, Nebraska, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2023. Web. 13 Jun 2024.,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=176412.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (August 2023). Beth-El Community Church (Milford, Nebraska, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 June 2024, from,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=176412.

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