Clarksdale Mennonite Church (Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA)

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The Clarksdale Mennonite Church south of Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, was established in 1967. The congregation started when families began to move to this part of the Mississippi Delta in 1963 to work in the landforming industry.

For a time, the small group near Clarksdale met with a similar group in West Helena, Arkansas, about 25 miles from Clarksdale. Eventually, the West Helena group moved to Clarksdale. For a time, the group worshipped in a small Nazarene church building. In 1966 a large house on Mississippi Street was rented and remodeled to serve as a church building. The Bethany Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, was formally organized in 1967. As the congregation grew, land was purchased on the northern side of town, and a building was constructed with the first service held on 13 May 1973. In 1974 the congregation changed its name to Clarksdale Mennonite Church. In about 2002, the congregation moved to its present location six miles south of Clarksdale, the location of the church's school.

The Clarksdale Mennonite School began in a mobile home in 1974. A modular building was moved to its present location two years later. A new building was erected at the site in 1989.

In 2020 the congregation was part of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The ministers were Charles Unruh, Nolan Ratzlaff, and Orie Koehn.

Bibliography

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Yearbook (1996-2020).

Histories of the congregations. 3rd. ed. Moundridge, Kansas: Gospel Publishers, 1999: 369-373.

Additional Information

Address: 1900 Reinhart Road, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614

Phone: 662-624-5111

Website:

Denominational Affiliations:

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite

Ordained Pastors at the Clarksdale Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Arverd Wiggers (1919-2005) 1967-2002
Orie Koehn 1971-2003
2006-present
Abram Swarey (1933-1987) 1981-1987
Charles Unruh 1989-present
Warren Schmidt 1999-2019
Nolan Ratzlaff 2001-present

Membership at the Clarksdale Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1970 73
1995 143
2000 143
2010 145
2020 180


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published February 2021

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Clarksdale Mennonite Church (Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2021. Web. 23 Feb 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Clarksdale_Mennonite_Church_(Clarksdale,_Mississippi,_USA)&oldid=169908.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (February 2021). Clarksdale Mennonite Church (Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 February 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Clarksdale_Mennonite_Church_(Clarksdale,_Mississippi,_USA)&oldid=169908.




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