Bethany Mennonite Church (Imlay City, Michigan, USA)

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Bethany Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), southwest of Imlay City, Lapeer County, Michigan, was organized on 17 June 1918 under the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference by Peter Ropp, its first leader. Paul Wittrig, ordained for this congregation in 1938, was the minister in 1954. In 1953 the membership was 30. Other ministers who served the congregation were Simon Sommer, Wayne Wenger, Sam Hostetler, Leonard Schmucker, Arthur Zehr, and Lloyd Miller. Due to declining membership and the inability to support a part-time pastor, the congregation sold the church building in 1986. Remaining members continued to meet periodically as a fellowship before officially closing in 1998.


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

Wenger, John Christian. The Mennonites in Indiana and Michigan. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1961: 239-240.

Additional Information

Address: 5594 Hunters Creek Road, Imlay City, Michigan 48444



Denominational Affiliations: Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church (MC)

Pastoral Leaders at Bethany Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Paul Ropp (1864-1944) 1918-1926
Simon W. Sommer (1882-1967) 1919-1928
Paul A. Wittrig (1905-1985) 1938-1945
Wayne J. Wenger (1919-2008) 1946-1952
Samuel Hostetler (1922-2012) 1960-1966
Leonard E. Schmucker (1923-2009) 1966-1975
Arthur Zehr 1976-1978
Lloyd R. Miller (1920-2011) 1978-1984
Lay Leadership 1984-1998

Bethany Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1920 28
1930 39
1940 40
1950 30
1960 23
1970 48
1980 36
1985 37

Author(s) Paul A. Wittrig
Jason B. Kauffman
Date Published April 2024

Cite This Article

MLA style

Wittrig, Paul A. and Jason B. Kauffman. "Bethany Mennonite Church (Imlay City, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2024. Web. 13 Jul 2024.,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=178683.

APA style

Wittrig, Paul A. and Jason B. Kauffman. (April 2024). Bethany Mennonite Church (Imlay City, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 July 2024, from,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=178683.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 303. All rights reserved.

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