Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church (Yale, South Dakota, USA)

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Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church (formerly Krimmer Mennonite Brethren), located near Yale, Beadle County, South Dakota, had its beginning in 1902, when six or seven families who had moved into this locality united to form a congregation with John Z. Kleinsasser as leader. These families met in their homes until 1904, when with a membership of about 30 they built a church with a seating capacity of about 130. This congregation increased, but in the spring of 1910 nine families from this congregation, including the pastor, moved to Dinuba, California. The church and lot were then sold, and the members again met in the homes until a new building was dedicated on the present site, with John Tschetter as its pastor. In 1912 the leadership was turned over to J. M. Tschetter. In 1919 a new building was dedicated with the old church serving as an annex. J. M. Tschetter served as pastor until 12 December 1941 when Sam J. R. Hofer took over the leadership, followed by missionary A. K. Wiens in 1944. In April 1947 A. K. Wiens resigned to resume his missionary work in North China, and the congregation called John J. Kleinsasser from Dinuba, a son of the first pastor, to serve as its pastor. J. J. Kleinsasser resigned on 30 June 1952. George Classen accepted the call on 1 June 1953.

The church membership was 300 in 1949.


Plett, C. F. The Story of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church. Hillsboro, KS and Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1985: 160-164.

Additional Information

Address: 19453 408 Avenue, Yale, South Dakota

Phone: 605-352-7424

Denominational affiliation:

United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches


Map:Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church (Yale, South Dakota)

Author(s) J. J Kleinsasser
Date Published 1953

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Kleinsasser, J. J. "Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church (Yale, South Dakota, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 25 Jun 2024.,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=139805.

APA style

Kleinsasser, J. J. (1953). Bethel Mennonite Brethren Church (Yale, South Dakota, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 June 2024, from,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=139805.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 313-314. All rights reserved.

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