California Mennonite Church (Montgomery, Michigan, USA)

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California Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), located in California Township, Michigan, USA 12 miles northeast of Angola, Steuben County, Indiana, was established in 1956 under the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference as a mission outpost of Forks Mennonite Church in Middlebury, Indiana. The congregation met in a former Methodist church before constructing its own building in 1960. On 22 November 1959, Forks Mennonite Church voted to release the California congregation to independent ministry and on 13 March 1960 Bishop Earley C. Bontrager installed Deacon Malvin P. Miller as pastor. The small congregation included six local families and met for several years before closing in 1975.


Wenger, John Christian. The Mennonites in Indiana and Michigan. Scottdale: Herald Press, 1961: 250-251.

Pastoral Leaders at California Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Forks Ministers 1959-1960
Malvin P. Miller (1899-1980) 1960-1967?
Visiting Ministers 1967-1970
Floyd L. Eash (1927-1987) 1970-1973
Paul Koehler 1973-1975

California Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1964 15
1970 21
1975 15

Author(s) Jason B Kauffman
Date Published December 2018

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