Holly Grove Mennonite Church (Westover, Maryland, USA)
The Holly Grove Mennonite Church, Westover, Maryland, USA, is located on the eastern shore of Maryland between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Bishop John S. Mast of Elverson, Pennsylvania, organized the congregation in April 1919 in I. M. Kauffman's home. The first settlers in the area arrived 10 years earlier. Amos Ogden has started a Sunday School in 1917 in a local one-room school.
Bishop Mast from the Conestoga Amish Mennonite Church was part of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, thus this became Holly Grove's first conference affiliation. The congregation erected a wooden meetinghouse in 1920 next to the school site. It enlarged and remodeled that structure in 1951. In time the congregation purchased the former in order to use it as a fellowship hall.
The congregation began the Holly Grove Christian School 1976 with 19 students in grades 2-8. In 1981 it opened a new school building on a lot behind the church. The school began adding grades in 1994 and completed a new high school wing of the school in 2001. At that time it had an enrolment of 550 in 12 grades with a staff of 41. In 2017 it had an enrolment of 565.
In November 2017 Holly Grove withdrew from the Atlantic Coast Conference (a descendant conference of the Eastern Amish conference) and Mennonite Church USA. It subsequently became a member of the CMC (Conservative Mennonite Conference doing business as CMC).
"History." Holly Grove Christian School." 2017. Web. 23 February 2022. https://hgcsweb.com/about#history.
Minnich, Marilyn. "Getting acquainted." Atlantic Coast Conference Currents 7, no. 3 (May-June 1986): 1.
Address: 7333 Mennonite Church Road, Westover, Maryland
Denominational Affiliations: CMC (Conservative Mennonite Conference doing business as CMC)
Pastoral Leaders at Holly Grove Mennonite Church
|Aaron Mast (1880-1964)||1922-1933|
|George M. Hostetler (1883-1951)
|A. Roy Payne (1895-1962)||1933-1938?|
|Amos C. King (1910-2007)||1936-1963|
|Abram D. Minnich||1957-1967|
|Abner G. Miller (1909-2008)||1967-1974|
|Kenneth G. Good (Interim) (1910-1997)||1975-1976|
|Nelson H. Lehman (1939-2015)||1978-1982?|
|Kendrick "Jack" Scandrett||1988-1994|
|Eric Henderson (Interim)||2002-2003|
|Nathan T. Stucky (Youth)||1999-2005|
|Verle A. Brubaker||2003-2010|
|Colin J. Roynon (Youth)||2006-2010|
|A. Willard Shertzer (Interim)||2011-2013|
Membership at Holly Grove Mennonite Church
Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article
By Amos C. King. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 792. All rights reserved.
The Holly Grove Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), located near Westover, Somerset County, Maryland, a member of the Ohio Mennonite Conference, was organized as a congregation of 27 members in April 1919 by Bishop John S. Mast of Elverson, Pennsylvania, in the home of I. M. Kauffman. In 1909 the D. P. Yoder family had settled here with others following from Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Missouri. The first Sunday school, held in a schoolhouse, was organized by Amos C. Ogburn in 1916. The present structure, enlarged and remodeled in 1951, was erected in 1920.
Those who served the congregation as bishops were John S. Mast and George M. Hostetler; as ministers, Aaron Mast, George M. Hostetler, A. Roy Payne; as deacon, Amos C. Ogburn. Serving in 1954 were Ira A. Kurtz, Amos C. King, and Harold Hostetler.
The membership (1956) was 86.
|Author(s)||Samuel J Steiner|
|Date Published||February 2022|
Cite This Article
Steiner, Samuel J. "Holly Grove Mennonite Church (Westover, Maryland, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2022. Web. 6 Feb 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Holly_Grove_Mennonite_Church_(Westover,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=174558.
Steiner, Samuel J. (February 2022). Holly Grove Mennonite Church (Westover, Maryland, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 February 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Holly_Grove_Mennonite_Church_(Westover,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=174558.
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