Birch Grove Mennonite Church (Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, USA)

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The Birch Grove Mennonite Church, Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, USA emerged from a hunting club organized in 1946 and composed of Mennonite men from the Lancaster area. The club purchased a camp in Wrights, Pennsylvania. Mennonites offered a Summer Bible School in the area beginning in 1952. In 1953 members of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church surveyed McKean County for a suitable building in which to launch a church plant. They utilized a former Lutheran mission that had been built in 1897 and closed in 1917.

Maple Grove initiated Sunday School and worship in 1954 on the last Sunday of each month. Calvin Kennel became the first pastor in 1955. In 1960 the Mennonites purchased the former Lutheran building, and in 1962 installed a basement under the church. A fire in 1970 caused extensive damage, but services resumed in several months. In 1985 the congregation broke ground for a new church building on the same property; it was dedicated on 14-15 November 1987.

In 2021 the congregation was part of the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA. The minister was Dale Detweiler.


"Atlantic Coast Conference Church." Atlantic Coast Conference Currents 6, no. 4 (July-August 1985): 1.

Binder, Anna Margaret. "Birch Grove dedicates new building." Atlantic Coast Conference Currents 9, no. 1 (January-February 1988): 2.

Stoltzfus, Grant M. Mennonites of the Ohio and Eastern Conference; From the Colonial Period in Pennsylvania to 1968. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite history, no. 13. Scottdale, Pa: Herald Press, 1969: 245, 305.

Additional Information

Address: Box 292, Port Allegany, Pennsylvania 16743

Location: Intersection of Two Mile Road & Dolly Brook Road, Port Allegany, Pa.

Phone: 814-642-2110


Denominational Affiliations: Atlantic Coast Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Birch Grove Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Calvin S. Kennel (1911-1987) 1955-1959
Alvin E. Miller (1913-1978) 1959-1975
John H. Lapp (1932-2015) 1975-1997
William Rimondi 1989?-1990?
Neil A. Binder 1998-2008?
W. Dale Detweiler 2012-present

Membership at Birch Grove Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1960 14
1970 28
1980 55
1990 28
2000 33
2007 33
2020 33

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published February 2022

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Birch Grove Mennonite Church (Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2022. Web. 23 Jun 2024.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=173144.

APA style

Steiner, Samuel J. (February 2022). Birch Grove Mennonite Church (Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 June 2024, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=173144.

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