Bethany Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Rich Hill, Missouri, USA)

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The Bethany Church of God in Christ, Mennonite congregation south of Rich Hill, Bates County, Missouri, USA was established in 1923. The congregation started when three families, including that of Minister Daniel B. Holdeman, bought land in the county. Several other families soon joined them.

Initially, the group met in homes, then the Oak Grove School, and a building known as Star Church. In 1942 five acres of land were purchased at the church's present location; a new church was dedicated on 11 January 1943. Extensive remodeling and expansion took place in 1960. It may have been about this time the congregation changed its name from Emmanuel Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, to Bethany Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. In 1978 the church building was converted to serve as the Harmony School and a new church building with over 300 constructed capacity.

In 2020 the congregation was part of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The ministers were Bryan Jackson, Brad Dirks, and Gary Schmidt.

Bibliography

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Yearbook (1996-2020).

Histories of the congregations. 3rd. ed. Moundridge, Kansas: Gospel Publishers, 1999: 386-389.

Additional Information

Address: SW County Road 10008, Rich Hill, Missouri

Location: From US49/71 exit 120 to Rich Hill. 1.4 miles south on 14th Street and 0.4 miles west on a gravel road.

Phone: 417-395-2411

Website:

Denominational Affiliations:

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite

Ordained Pastors at the Bethany Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Daniel B. Holdeman (1860-1934) 1924-1926
Henry Dirks (1903-1982) 1942-1982
John J. Esau (1911-1993) 1945-1952
Harvey Yost (1891-1986) 1950s?
Arthur D. Unruh (1923-2014) 1957-2003
Ben Becker (1917-2016) 1959-2001
Milton Koehn 1966-1974?
Kenneth Koehn 1966-1995?
2010-2015
Lance Dirks 1996-1998
2002-2013
Myron Koehn 1997-2015
Gary Schmidt 2000-present
Brad Dirks 2017-present
Bryan Jackson 2017-present

Membership at the Bethany Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1995 141
2000 140
2010 156
2020 134

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Nathan Schmidt. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 203. All rights reserved.

Emmanuel Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church is located one mile south of Rich Hill, Bates County, Missouri, was organized in 1923. The first worship services were held in homes and schools. In 1942 a church was built with a seating capacity of 120, with Henry Dirks as the leading minister. In 1945 J. J. Esau was ordained as minister and Nathan Schmidt as deacon. The membership in 1955 was 90, with Harvey Yost and Henry Dirks as ministers.


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published February 2021

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