Central Mennonite Church (Dover, Delaware, USA)

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Central Mennonite Church was founded in 1954 in Dover, Delaware and initially was part of the Conservative Mennonite Conference. It was established by Dover-area Amish Mennonites who had been travelling to the Greenwood Mennonite Church for services.

In the late 1990s Central was part of a faction of congregations unhappy with the less rigorous discipline practiced by the conference in issues like the prayer veiling and divorce and remarriage. Central was one of a number of congregations that joined the new Biblical Mennonite Alliance; it joined in August 2002.

In 2019 the leading minister was William M. Byler, Jr., and he was assisted by Martin D. Miller, Justin Yoder and Jeremy Sapp. The congregational membership was 114 and the average weekly attendance was 143.


Biblical Mennonite Alliance. Directory (August 2015); (2019): 19.

Biblical Mennonite Alliance. "Directory of BMA Congregations." Web. 3 May 2012. http://www.biblicalmennonite.com/congregations.html].

Hershberger, Brenda. Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2012-13. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2012: 37.

Yoder, Nathan E. Together in the work of the Lord: a history of the Conservative Mennonite Conference. Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald Press, 2014: 120.

Additional Information

Address: 220 West Dennys Road, Dover, DE 19904

Phone: 302-359-3313

Website: Central Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliation:Biblical Mennonite Alliance

Ordained Pastors at Central Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Daniel V. Yoder (1926-2018)(Minister)
Jesse J. Yoder 1962-2010s
David M. Yoder 1981-2010s
William Byler, Jr. 1991-present
Martin D. Miller 2000-present
Richard Swartzentruber 2007-2010s
Justin Yoder 2017-present

Membership at Central Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1965 83
1970 79
1975 54
1980 90
1985 101
1990 104
1995 102
2005 151
2011 172
2019 114


Map:Central Mennonite Church (Dover, Delaware, USA)

Author(s) Richard D. Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published May 2019

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Central Mennonite Church (Dover, Delaware, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2019. Web. 26 Feb 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Central_Mennonite_Church_(Dover,_Delaware,_USA)&oldid=176513.

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. (May 2019). Central Mennonite Church (Dover, Delaware, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 February 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Central_Mennonite_Church_(Dover,_Delaware,_USA)&oldid=176513.

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