Bethel Mennonite Church (Langdon, North Dakota, USA)

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Bethel Mennonite Church, Langdon, North Dakota, USA, organized in 1897. It was sometimes called Bartel's Church after its first minister, John D. Bartel. In 1900 the congregation built a church located nine miles (15 km) west and one mile (2 km) south of Langdon.

The congregation did not meet in winter in the 1910s and 1920s, and pastors were shared with congregations at Munich and Alsen. Bethel Mennonite became more active during Edward Duerksen's ministry and formally joined the Northern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church in 1932.

The Paul Dahlenberg family was the first to live in the church parsonage; the congregation purchased an old house and moved it to the church property. The church dug a shallow well the next year, but there was no electricity, no telephone, and no mail route.

In 1973, the congregation celebrated its 75th anniversary. It closed in 1975, though the building was maintained for some years.


Schmidt, Diena, ed. The Northern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church 1891-1991. Freeman, S.D.: The Conference, 1991: 123-125.

Additional Information

Address: Langdon, North Dakota.



Denominational Affiliations: Northern District Conference

General Conference Mennonite Church

Pastoral Leaders at Bethel Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
John D. Bartel (1838-1904) 1897-1904
Lay leadership 1904-1907
Henry Jacob "H. J." Brown 1907-1909
Isaac B. Friesen (1866-1939)? 1909-1913
Martin Fast (1868-1931) 1909-1917?
Nickolai F. "N. F." Toews (1857-1935) 1917?-1924?
Edward Duerksen (1892-1979) 1926-1940
Paul Dahlenberg (1915-2009) 1941-1945
George L. Hoffman (1920-2015) 1945-1954
Lay leadership 1954-1955
Clifford E. Koehn (1927-2016) 1955-1960
Frank H. Ewert (1915-1996) 1960-1964
Peter Buhler 1964-1970
Lay leadership 1971-1975

Bethel Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1935 45
1942 58
1950 33
1970 27
1974 32

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Melvin Gingerich and Abe M. Wiebe. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 312; v. 4, p. 1065. All rights reserved.

Bethel Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church), nine miles (15 km) west and one mile (2 km) south of Langdon, Cavalier County, North Dakota. The congregation was organized in the spring of 1897 by Elder John D. Bartel, and the church was dedicated in the fall of 1900, with Christian Kaufmann, traveling evangelist, present for the services. The membership in 1952 totaled 37, and the pastor was George Hoffman; in 1958 the membership was 49, with Clifford E. Koehn as pastor.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published September 2023

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