Gehman Mennonite Church (Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Gehman Mennonite Church, 1946.
Scan courtesy Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen X-31.1, Box 18/25

The Gehman Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), located on Witmer Road, Adamstown, Brecknock Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, is a member of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. The first Mennonites to settle here were a group of Swiss, who came in 1754-1758, among them Niklaus Schantz, Hans Schantz, Joseph Wenger, Jost Schoenauer, Hans Burchalter, Hans Moser, and Christian Gehman. The congregation was probably organized in 1760. It worshiped in private homes until 1846, when the first meetinghouse was built, which was replaced in 1913 by a larger frame meetinghouse. Christian Bauman (1724-1790) was the first minister, Joseph Wenger first deacon. Daniel Gehman was an outstanding man in this congregation (1774 ordained deacon, 1792 ordained minister, d. 1809). From 1774 to the mid-20th centuery there was a Gehman as minister or deacon in this congregation. In 1955 the membership of the congregation was 90, with Paul Z. Martin and Benjamin S. Zeiset as ministers.


Weber, Aaron M., et. al. "History of the Gehman's Mennonite Church and Ministry." Unpublished paper. Web. (accessed 6 June 2014).

Additional Information

Address: 127 Witmer Road, Reinholds, Pa. 17569

Phone: 717-484-4548


Denominational Affiliations: Lancaster Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Gehman Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Christian Bowman ca. 1778-1790
Ulrich Burkholder ca. 1778-1804
Daniel Gehman 1792-1809
Joseph Bowman 1802-1816
Christian Good 1816-
Christian Gehman 1817-1838
Joseph Gehman 1843-1855
Jacob Moseman
1822 (in Germany)
ca. 1857 (in Bowmansville)-1876
Peter Musser 1860-1874
Benjamin Horning 1867-1903
Abraham B. Gehman 1874-1911
Christian Stauffer 1877-1887
Henry G. Good 1887-1915
Noah B. Bowman 1901-1926
Moses G. Gehman 1912-1962
Isaac W. Geigley 1926-1946
George G. Horning 1925-1946
Benjamin F. Weaver 1944-1988
Howard Z. Good 1945-1954
Paul Z. Martin 1950-2002
Benjamin S. Zeiset 1954-ca. 1968
transferred to Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church
Warren W. Martin 1953-Present
for Alsace Christian Fellowship
Amos Hostetter 1959-?
for Red Run Mennonite Church
Carl Martin 1964-2012
Glen Martin 1976-Present
Irvin Martin 1986-2008
Phil Horning 2009-Present


Map:Gehman Mennonite Church (Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA)

Author(s) Aaron M Weber
Date Published 1956

Cite This Article

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Weber, Aaron M. "Gehman Mennonite Church (Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 1 Oct 2020.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=123582.

APA style

Weber, Aaron M. (1956). Gehman Mennonite Church (Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 October 2020, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=123582.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 445. All rights reserved.

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