Gospel Light Fellowship (McVeytown, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Gospel Light Fellowship in McVeytown, Pennsylvania, USA was started in 1972. The congregation has an Old Order Amish background. Several families became concerned when they believed youth were being baptized with a questionable conversion faith, they did not approve the toleration of smoking tobacco, and believed communion services were held without congregational unity.

They attended the Emmanuel Fellowship church for a two years, and in late 1971 purchased a former cider press building for the newly forming congregation which was informally called the Cider Press Church by the local community. The Emmanuel congregation agreed to send Bishop Jacob Byers for two years to help establish the new congregation. In 1977 the congregation built a structure for a church and a school.

In 2018 the church had 85 members and was a member of the Mennonite Christian Fellowship. The ministerial team included Bishop Daniel M. Stoltzfus, Ministers John P. Lapp and Samuel J. Peight, and Deacons Steve Hershberger and Vernon Nissley.


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Additional Information

Address: 234 Little Brick, McVeytown, PA

Phone: 717-899-6933

Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Christian Fellowship

Ordained Leaders at Gospel Light Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
Jacob Byers (Bishop) 1972-1977
Jacob S. Stoltzfus (Minister)
Abner Kauffman (Minister) 1974-1981
John Smucker (Deacon) 1976-1985
Joe Tindall (Minister) 1980-1981
Sylvan Stoltzfus (Minister) 1982-1992
John E. Lapp (Deacon) 1982-2000
Daniel Beiler (Deacon) 1989-1992
Ed Sillman (Minister) 1996-1999
John P. Lapp (Minister) 1996-
Sam Peight (Minister) 2000-
Steve Hershberger (Deacon) 2002-
Daniel M. Stoltzfus (Minister)
Vernon Nissley (Deacon) 2013?-


Gospel Light Fellowship

Author(s) Richard D. Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published June 2018

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Gospel Light Fellowship (McVeytown, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2018. Web. 29 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gospel_Light_Fellowship_(McVeytown,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=165636.

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. (June 2018). Gospel Light Fellowship (McVeytown, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gospel_Light_Fellowship_(McVeytown,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=165636.

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