Hope Mennonite Church (Pantego, North Carolina, USA)

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Hope Mennonite Church is located in Pantego, North Carolina, USA. The church began in Chesapeake, Virginia, with a Wednesday evening service at the home of Ira M. Zook. Bishop Eli Kramer, and visiting minister Paul Landis, led the meeting at which the name, Hope Mennonite Church, was selected. The next day Eli Kramer informed the Deep Creek Mennonite Church and the Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church of his withdrawal from the Virginia Mennonite Conference over concerns about church polity and discipline. The first Sunday morning service of the new group was held 20 December 1959.

By 1964 in response to increasing urbanization, there was increasing interest in relocating as a congregation to a more rural, agricultural community. The first families moved to the Pantego, North Carolina area in spring 1965. Initially a school house was built, and served the small congregation for worship until a church building was completed in November 1968.

In 2018 the church had 62 members and was a member of the Nationwide Fellowship Churches. The ministerial team included Bishop Jesse Martin, Ministers Philip Beiler and Philip Graybill, and Deacon Timothy Miller.


"Hope Mennonite Church." The Mideastern Fellowship Churches (2014): 150-151.

Mennonite Church Directory (2014): 106; (2018): 119.

Additional Information

Address: 25 Main Stem Road, Pantego, NC

Phone: 252-935-5103

Denominational Affiliation:

Nationwide Fellowship Churches

Ordained Leaders at Hope Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Eli Kramer (Bishop) 1959-1966
Marion Miller (Minister) 1961-1993
John Myers (Deacon) 1966-2005?
Harvey Mast (Bishop) 1967-1984
Solomon Beiler (Minister) 1972-2010?
Dale Miller (Minister) 1989-1993?
Phil Beiler (Minister) 1996-present
Jesse Martin (Minister)
Daniel Hartzler (Bishop) 2004-2012
Tim Miller (Deacon) 2005-present
Philip Graybill (Minister) 2013-present


Hope Mennonite Church

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published May 2018

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Hope Mennonite Church (Pantego, North Carolina, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2018. Web. 21 Jun 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hope_Mennonite_Church_(Pantego,_North_Carolina,_USA)&oldid=166175.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (May 2018). Hope Mennonite Church (Pantego, North Carolina, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 June 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hope_Mennonite_Church_(Pantego,_North_Carolina,_USA)&oldid=166175.

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