Good News Community Chapel (Pinckney, Michigan, USA)

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The Gospel Mission in Pinckney, Michigan, emerged when a Mennonite woman, Laura Shirey, and former members of a local Congregational Church built a basement church in Pinckney in 1929. In 1941 they turned the property over to the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Mission Board.

The Mission Board ordained Ezra Beachy as pastor of the new congregation on 5 October 1941. By 1948, the congregation expanded the basement and erected a sanctuary above it, though it did not dedicate the building until 29 May 1949. In 1948, it used the name Calvary Mennonite Church.

The congregation suffered when a core of members who lived in Ann Arbor launched the Ann Arbor Mennonite Church in 1966.

In 1980, the congregation changed its name to Good News Community Chapel in response to the local community's misconceptions about Mennonites.


"Calvary, Pinckney, Michigan." Gospel Herald 42, no. 4. (25 January 1949): 76.

Esch, Jan. "Good News Community Chapel." Gospel Evangel 87, no. 5 (September 2006): 3.

Preheim, Rich. In Pursuit of Faithfulness: Conviction, Conflict, and Compromise in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald Press, 2016: 309.

Wenger, John Christian. The Mennonites in Indiana and Michigan. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1961: 242-243.

Additional Information

Address: 104 East Putnam Street, Pinckney, Michigan 48169

Telephone: 734-878-3992


Denominational Affiliations:

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Good News Community Chapel

Name Years
of Service
Ezra J. Beachy (1901-1991)
Melvin Stauffer (1931- ) 1959-1964
Daniel Slabaugh 1964-1966
Irvin C. Yoder (1931-2019) 1967-1973
Lay Leadership 1973-1978
Verle J. Hochstedler 1978-1983
Lay Leadership 1983-1985
Peter Elliot 1985-1989
Lay Leadership 1989-present

Good News Community Chapel Membership

Year Members
1941 10
1950 34
1960 28
1970 24
1980 13
1990 13
2000 9
2009 9
2020 6

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published May 2024

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