Hudson Lake Mennonite Church (New Carlisle, Indiana, USA)

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The Hudson Lake Mennonite Church developed from outreach by members of the Olive Mennonite Church and Holdeman Mennonite Church. In 1950, a Summer Bible School was held in a community building, soon followed by Sunday school. Clarence A. Shank, the pastor at Olive, provided leadership in the early years.

In 1951, the Olive Mennonite Church purchased lots in Hudson Lake. It built a basement church in 1952 and completed the building in 1953. The building was dedicated on 19 April 1953.

Hudson Lake Mennonite Church was the first predominately Caucasian church in the Mennonite Church (MC) to have a Hispanic pastor when Mario Bustos served beginning in 1976.

The congregation added a new entrance in 2005/2006 making the church more accessible.


"A group of young people...." Gospel Herald 44, no. 33 (14 August 1951): 789.

Lanting, Esther and Marcia Carpenter. "Hudson Lake Mennonite." Gospel Evangel 87, no. 1 (January/February 2006): 3.

Preheim, Rich. In Pursuit of Faithfulness: Conviction, Conflict, and Compromise in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald Press, 2016: 309.

Robinson, Laurie Oswald. "Hudson Lake seeks authenticity: small congregation thrives by being itself." Gospel Evangel 99, no. 1 (January-March 2018): 2-3.

Shank, Beulah. "Elkhart, Indiana (Olive Congregation)." Gospel Herald 46, no. 29 (21 July 1953): 699.

Wenger, John Christian. The Mennonites in Indiana and Michigan. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1961: 230-231.

Additional Information

Address: 7503 North Walker Road, New Carlisle, Indiana 46552

Telephone: 574-213-6126


Denominational Affiliations:

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Hudson Lake Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Clarence A. Shank (1885-1963) 1950-1953
Daniel H. Stoltzfus (1924-2011) 1953-1962
Stanlee D. Kauffman 1962-1963
Paul M. Hackman (1932-1991) 1963-1968
Aden Horst (1920-2008) 1969-1973
Abram H. Peters (1916-1996) 1973-1976
Mario Bustos 1976-1984
Paul K. Smith 1985-1994
Daniel Z. Miller 1994-1997?
Esther Lanting 1997-2022
Rebecca Helmuth (Transitional) 2022-2023
Marcella Hershberger (Co-pastor) 2023-
Marcia Carpenter (Co-pastor) 2023-

Hudson Lake Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1952 4
1960 28
1970 38
1980 30
1990 100
2000 38
2009 33
2020 25

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published June 2024

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