Hilltop Mennonite Fellowship (Petoskey, Michigan, USA)

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The Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, east of Goshen, Indiana, purchased the former Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Petoskey, Michigan in 1949. The building dates from 1892. Clinton Frame turned the building over to the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Mission Board, which then ordained Ivan K. Weaver on 20 November 1949 to take charge of a mission effort at that location. Weaver began his work in the summer of 1950.

During Pastor Bill Shumaker's leadership, he worked in a type of Victim/Offender Reconciliation program. The congregation had a food pantry for some years headed by George Palmateer. For many years, the congregation participated in the Nehemiah Project, a shelter for people who were housing insecure.

The Petoskey Mennonite Church adopted the name of Hilltop Mennonite Fellowship in 1993.

The congregation closed with a final service on 23 August 2015. The building was then purchased and operated as the non-profit Chapel of Our Guardian Angels.


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Additional Information

Address: 810 Petoskey Street, Petoskey, Michigan 49770



Denominational Affiliations:

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Hilltop Mennonite Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
Ivan K. Weaver (1915-2004) 1950-1959
Homer E. Yutzy (1926-2021) 1959-1976
Bruce W. Lyndaker 1976-1982
Ora Wise (Interim) 1982-1983
William H. Shumaker 1983-1992
Lay Leadership 1992-1998
James Gerber (Interim) 1998?-2004?
Lay Leadership 2004?-2008?
Dave Cadarette 2008?-2010s
Mike Wilson (Interim) 2010s-2015

Hilltop Mennonite Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1951 5
1960 47
1970 36
1980 36
1990 37
2000 15
2009 14

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Ivan K. Weaver. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 155. All rights reserved.

Petoskey Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church (MC)) was established as a mission congregation in 1950 under the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Mission Board. In 1957 it had 53 members, with Ivan K. Weaver as bishop.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published June 2024

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Hilltop Mennonite Fellowship (Petoskey, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2024. Web. 24 Jul 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hilltop_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Petoskey,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=179097.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (June 2024). Hilltop Mennonite Fellowship (Petoskey, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 July 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hilltop_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Petoskey,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=179097.

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