Fairview Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Fairview, Oklahoma, USA)

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The Fairview Church of God in Christ, Mennonite congregation near Fairview, Oklahoma, USA was established in 1895. The congregation started when several families from Kansas came to Oklahoma after the government opened the Cherokee Strip to settlers in 1893. These included the families of Benjamin Nightingale, Henry Nichols, and Henry Koehn.

In the early years, the families met for worship in homes. In 1902 the congregation built a small church on the northeast corner of Benjamin Nightingale's farm. This was located one mile north and 0.5 miles west of the current building. In 1920 a new building was erected on land provided by Jacob H. Boehs southeast of Fairview. In 1945 the church was enlarged, and in 1954 totally remodeled. Further additions and a full basement were added in 1964/65.

Cedar Christian School began in 1981 after the congregation constructed a new school building.

In 2020 the congregation was part of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The minister was Matt Levings.

Bibliography

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

Histories of the congregations. 3rd. ed. Moundridge, Kansas: Gospel Publishers, 1999: 453-457.

Additional Information

Address: N53007 Road, Fairview, Oklahoma 73747

Location Corner of E0530 & N2570 Roads, Fairview, Oklahoma, three miles east of Fairview on 8-58 and two miles south.

Phone: 580-227-3041

Website:

Denominational Affiliations:

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite

Ordained Pastors at the Fairview Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Henry Heer (1842-1915) 1902-1908?
Samuel W. Koehn (1879-1956) 1909-1950s?
Heinrich "Henry" D. Smith (1869-1937) 1919-1937
Fred Penner (1880-1968) 1919-1950s?
Samuel A. Nichols (1894-1968) 1919-1920
Daniel J. Smith (1894-1986) 1933-1970s?
George M. Nichols (1902-1991) 1933-1980s?
Elmer Boehs (1912-1983) 1950-1983
Carl H. Nightingale (1923-2000) 1959-1968
1972-2000
Milton Boehs 1968-1990
Myron Nightingale 1982-2005
Randy Levings 1990-2017
Leonard Koehn 1994-2012
Gerald Kahn 2002-2007
Dale K. Becker
(Nonresident)
2017-2018
Samuel S. Shirk 2018-present
Matt Levings 2019-present

Membership at the Fairview Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1895 6
1953 235
1995 179
2000 167
2010 154
2020 137

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By George M. Nichols. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 289. All rights reserved.

Fairview Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church, organized in 1895, is situated four miles southeast of Fairview, Major County, Oklahoma. Worship services were held in the homes until 1901 when a church was built, which was enlarged in 1920, and again in 1944, so that it seated 350. The 1953 membership was 235, in the charge of George M. Nichols, assisted by Dan Smith, Fred Penner, Sam W. Koehn, and Elmer Boehs. Weekly Sunday morning and evening worship services, Sunday school, and midweek meetings were being held.


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published February 2021

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