Goshen Mennonite Church (Laytonsville, Maryland, USA)

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Goshen Mennonite Church was founded in 1949 in Laytonsville, Maryland. At that time a number of families from the Virginia Mennonite Conference had settled in the area but were without a place to worship. Menno Sell and a few others started meeting in the Woodman Hall, and a Sunday school was established at that time. A Summer Bible School was held in the first year, with an average attendance of 34.

At the end of 1950 the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities helped negotiate an agreement to purchase the building formerly owned by the Goshen Methodist Church. The church building was rededicated in November 1950 and remodeled in 1951.

The congregation was formally organized in 1950 and on 31 December 1950, Menno Sell was ordained to the ministry. He was also instrumental in starting the Gaithersburg and Dawsonville congregations.

The church joined the Biblical Mennonite Alliance in February 2001.

By 2013 the church was no longer located in a rural area; surrounding homes were very expensive. Consequently most of Goshen's members lived outside the immediate community.

In 2019 the leading minister was Charles Kline IV. The congregational membership was 26 and the average weekly attendance was 45.


Biblical Mennonite Alliance. Directory (August 2015); (2019): 26.

Biblical Mennonite Alliance. "Directory of BMA Congregations." Web. 8 May 2012. http://www.biblicalmennonite.com/congregations.html.

Goshen Mennonite Church. "History of Goshen Mennonite Church." 2013. Web. 24 May 2019. http://www.goshenmennonite.org/history.html.

Hershberger, Brenda. Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2012-13. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2012: 38.

Additional Information

Address: 8410 Brink Road, Laytonsville, MD 20882

Phone: 301-471-0456

Website: Goshen Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliation: Biblical Mennonite Alliance

Ordained Pastors at Goshen Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Menno D. Sell 1950-1976
Lee Mummau 1976-2009
Ezra Maust 2003-2013
Charles Kline IV 2009-present

Membership at Goshen Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1955 33
1960 19
1965 34
1970 29
1975 35
1980 40
1985 33
1990 39
1995 29
2000 27
2005 24
2010 24
2019 26


Map:Goshen Mennonite Church (Laytonsville, Maryland, USA)

Author(s) Richard D. Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published May 2019

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. (May 2019). Goshen Mennonite Church (Laytonsville, Maryland, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Goshen_Mennonite_Church_(Laytonsville,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=165624.

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