Community Mennonite Church (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA)

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Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 2012.
Photo by Jennifer Bolander; used with permission.
Source: Mennonite Archives of Virginia

Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia was started in 1972 by persons related to Eastern Mennonite College with the vision of being a group located in the city in close relationship with Christ and each other. Out of this vision, small groups developed as the primary unit of congregational life and structure.

The congregation started in a vacated building that was the former Chicago Avenue Mennonite Church. In 1989 it swapped church buildings with the Church of God congregation on South High Street. This way it obtained a larger building while remaining in the same area of the city. It was initially part of the Virginia Mennonite Conference. In 2020 it affiliated with the Allegheny Mennonite Conference, still part of Mennonite Church USA.

In 2021 the congregation was served by Ministers Jennifer Davis Sensenig, Joyce Peachey Lind, and Jason Darin Gerlach.


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"Growing Virginia church swaps buildings with another church." Gospel Herald 82, no. 36 (5 September 1989): 642.

Hostetler, Virginia A. "Leadership in transition at Community, Harrisonburg." Gospel Herald 73, no. 42 (14 October 1980): 826.

Additional Information

Address: 70 S High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3706

Phone: 540-433-2148

Website: Community Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliation:

Allegheny Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Community Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Owen Burkholder 1972-1980
Pastoral Team 1981-1986
Duane M. Sider 1986-1990
Julia Carey 1986-1990?
David Boshart 1986-1989
Jane Hoober Peifer 1989-1999
Philip L. Kniss 1991-1996
Ray N. Hurst (Co-pastor) 1998?-2008
Margaret Wightman (Co-pastor) 1999-2010
Jason Gerlach (Associate) 2005-present
Jennifer Davis Sensenig 2008-present
Dayna Olson-Getty (Associate) 2014-2019
Joyce Peachey Lind (Associate) 2020-present

Community Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1975 26
1980 49
1990 85
2001 197
2007 225
2020 274

Author(s) Richard D. Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published September 2021

Cite This Article

MLA style

Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Community Mennonite Church (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2021. Web. 29 Sep 2023.,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=175434.

APA style

Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. (September 2021). Community Mennonite Church (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 September 2023, from,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=175434.

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