Butterfield Community Bible Church (Butterfield, Minnesota, USA)
The Mennonite Church of Butterfield began when two earlier General Conference Mennonite Church congregations merged in 1921. Mennonite immigrants from Galicia, Austria established the Menno Simons Mennonite Church and built a small meetinghouse. It joined the Northern District of the General Conference in 1908. Jacob Linscheid served as the first minister for 11 years.
Russian-German Mennonite immigrants established a church at the north end of Butterfield, Minnesota's Main Street, and joined the Northern District in 1896. It was known as the Salem Mennonite Church. As the number of members decreased, it invited the Menno Simons congregation to join them. This took place, but leadership ended up in the hands of former members of the Menno Simons congregation and led to unhappiness. Eventually, former Menno Simons members began to meet on the second floor of a local Mennonite-owned furniture store.
This group built a church in the spring of 1922 and dedicated it on 6 August 1922. It took the name Mennonite Church of Butterfield. After the Salem church disbanded in 1926, the Mennonite Church of Butterfield purchased the pews of the Salem Church.
The Mennonite Church of Butterfield withdrew from the Northern District and the General Conference Mennonite Church in about 2002. It subsequently changed its name to Butterfield Community Bible Church and joined the Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches. In 2019 it joined the United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
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Schmidt, Diena, ed. The Northern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church 1891-1991. Freeman, S.D.: The Conference, 1991: 58-60.
Address: 100 Chapman Avenue, Butterfield, Minnesota
Denominational Affiliations: United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches
Pastoral Leaders at Butterfield Community Bible Church
|Jacob Linsheid (1837-1899)||1888-1889|
|Daniel Hubin (1854-1944)||1890-1907?|
|Heinrich Kintzi (1857-1922)||1892-1902|
|Nickolai F. Toews (1857-1935)||1896-1901|
|Heinrich H. "H. H." Regier (1855-1933)||1902-1927|
|Peter J. Friesen (1870-1950)||1914-1924|
|Jacob J. "J. J." Balzer (1860-1946)||1925-1929|
|Louis H. Linscheid (1903-1985)||1930-1937|
|Bernhard "Ben" J. Nickel (1918-1989)||1943-1946|
|Paul W. Tschetter (1917-2014)||1946-1952|
|Edward Duerksen (1892-1979)||1952-1956|
|Peter W. Tschetter (1922-2016)||1957-1965|
|Ronald L. Hiebner (1938-1985)||1965-1968|
|Melvin C. Norquist (1916-2007)||1969-1975|
|Jeffrey D. Boschmann||1997?-2004?|
Butterfield Community Bible Church Membership
Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article
By J. John Friesen. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 487. All rights reserved.
The Mennonite Church of Butterfield, a member of the General Conference Mennonite, is located in the village of Butterfield, Watonwan County, Minnesota. It had its origin in the Menno Simons Mennonite Church, which united with the Salem Mennonite Church in 1915, withdrew in 1921, reorganized and built a church in 1922, known as the Mennonite Church of Butterfield. In 1953 its membership was 96.
|Author(s)||Samuel J Steiner|
|Date Published||August 2023|
Cite This Article
Steiner, Samuel J. "Butterfield Community Bible Church (Butterfield, Minnesota, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2023. Web. 29 Nov 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Butterfield_Community_Bible_Church_(Butterfield,_Minnesota,_USA)&oldid=177410.
Steiner, Samuel J. (August 2023). Butterfield Community Bible Church (Butterfield, Minnesota, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Butterfield_Community_Bible_Church_(Butterfield,_Minnesota,_USA)&oldid=177410.
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