Bethel Mennonite Church (Dolton, South Dakota, USA)

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Bethel Mennonite Church, Dolton, SD
Source: Rose Hill Cemetery Home Page

The Bethel Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church), located near Dolton in Turner County, South Dakota, with a membership of approximately 80, was a member of the Northern District Conference. The first building was dedicated and the congregation organized in December 1892. The present meetinghouse, built in 1920, seated 500. The architectural design was unique, with a wrap-around balcony and ornate stamped metal sheets with relief designs on the walls and ceiling.

The congregation first had a pastor of its own in 1917, when J. A. Thieszen was appointed. He resigned on 1 January 1950; after that time the congregation was served by Glenn Epp, Joe Hoffer, H. J. Brown, and Harold Thiessen, who was called on 1 July 1953. One missionary and two pastors went out from the congregation to serve in other fields.

The congregation closed, and the Bethel building was moved to the Freeman Museum, in Freeman, South Dakota, in 1992.


"Bethel Mennonite Church...." The Mennonite 107, no. 2 (28 January 1992): 41.

Freeman Museum & Archives. "Freeman Museum: Bethel Mennonite Church Building." [Broken link] (accessed 30 December 2006)

Schmidt, Diena, ed. The Northern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church 1891-1991. Freeman, S.D.: The Conference, 1991: 141-143.

Additional Information

Address: 2 miles east & 1/2 mile north of Dolton, South Dakota



Denominational Affiliations: Northern District Conference

General Conference Mennonite Church

Pastoral Leaders at Bethel Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Jacob A. Tieszen (1885-1974) 1917-1949
Glen Epp (1925-2009) 1950-1951
Harris H. Waltner (1925-2012) 1952
Harold D. Thieszen 1953-1956
Ralph Graber (1927-2002) 1956-1963
August Ewert (1902-1979) 1963-1979
Robert L. Engbrecht 1979-1992

Bethel Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1930 64
1940 106
1950 52
1960 87
1970 64
1980 68
1990 56

Author(s) J. A. Thieszen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published September 2023

Cite This Article

MLA style

Thieszen, J. A. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Bethel Mennonite Church (Dolton, South Dakota, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2023. Web. 29 Nov 2023.,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=177538.

APA style

Thieszen, J. A. and Samuel J. Steiner. (September 2023). Bethel Mennonite Church (Dolton, South Dakota, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2023, from,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=177538.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 311. All rights reserved.

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