Crossroads Community Church (Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Crossroads Community Church (formerly Weaver Mennonite Church), (Mennonite Church USA), located on State Route 56, two miles east of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, in Cambria County just across the border from Somerset County, a member of the Allegheny Mennonite Conference, had its beginning before 1800 when the Weaver, Baumgardner, Keim, Blough, and other families, including some Amish and some Dunkers, settled in this fertile region underlaid with good coal. The first services were held (date unknown) in a log schoolhouse deeded on 7 May 1817, to Christian Lehman and Jacob Whetstone as trustees. In 1855 a log meetinghouse (30 x 36 ft.) was erected beside the schoolhouse, replaced in 1878 by the present frame meetinghouse (40 x 50 ft.), which has been remodeled twice.

For many years the congregation had no resident minister and was served once in four weeks by a minister from the Blough church in Somerset County, 10 miles to the south. In 1854 Samuel Blough was ordained as the first resident minister, who also served from 1878-1883 as the third bishop of the Johnstown District. In 1879-80 Sunday school was begun. The first sewing circle in the Johnstown district was established here in 1910. Alexander Weaver was long a minister here, 1893-1952.

In 1900 William C. Hershberger was ordained, but later moved to Spring and in 1912 was serving at the Stahl Mennonite Church. He returned to serve again from 1945 to 1951. Daniel S. Yoder was ordained minister in 1907. 1914 saw Hiram Wingard ordained minister, serving until 1952. Clarence Alwine was ordained here in 1947, but by 1952 was serving at the Headrick Mission, north of Johnstown. Harold E. Thomas served as pastor (ordained to the ministry in 1950) and Hiram Wingard (b. 1914) as assistant. Men who served here as deacons: Tobias Weaver, ?-1896?; Tobias Lehman, 1871-1906; John Henry Blough, 1882-1885?; Daniel S. Yoder, 1900-1907; John F Harshberger, 1909-1913?; Levi H. Weaver, 1911-1952; and Mervin Hostetler, 1952-1971?.

In 1957 the membership was 51.

The congregation reorganized in 2000 as Crossroads Community Church.

Bibliography

Kaufman, Ammon. "Weaver Church." Southwestern-Pennsylvania Conference News 6 (November-December 1947): 3.

Additional Information

Address: 1259 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904-3137

Phone: 814-266-5094

Website:

Denominational Affiliations: Allegheny Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at the Crossroads Community Church

Name Years
of Service
Samuel Blough (1827-1883) 1854-1883
Alexander Weaver (1861-1952) 1893-1952
William C. Hershberger (1876-1951) 1900-1906?
1945-1951
Daniel S. Yoder (1856-1923) 1907-1922
Hiram Wingard (1876-1960) 1914-1952
Clarence Alwine (1915-2014) 1947-1952
Harold E. Thomas (1911-2001) 1950-1973?
Harry Y. Shetler (1907-1987) 1972-1981
Jerry Holsopple 1977-1980
Kurt M. Horst 1981-1996?
David Mishler 1997?-2000?
Nelson R. Roth 2000-2002
Russ Eanes 2003-2007

Membership at the Crossroads Community Church

Year Membership
1916 156
1925 112
1935 99
1945 68
1955 54
1965 50
1975 56
1980 53
1990 62
2000 60
2007 50
2020 50


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

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Bender, Harold S., Richard D. Thiessen and Samuel J. Steiner. "Crossroads Community Church (Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2021. Web. 21 Oct 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Crossroads_Community_Church_(Johnstown,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=172394.

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Bender, Harold S., Richard D. Thiessen and Samuel J. Steiner. (September 2021). Crossroads Community Church (Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Crossroads_Community_Church_(Johnstown,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=172394.




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