Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA)

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The Maple Grove Mennonite Church near Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA began about 1906 when services were held in the Sadsbury Friends meetinghouse. This place served as a second meetinghouse for the Millwood congregation that had emerged from the Old Order Amish in 1882. When the Sadsbury meetinghouse was no longer available, the congregation built a church at the present location in 1909 at a total cost, including land, of $2,444.36. An addition was made in 1935, in 1967 the front of the building was enlarged, in 1985 the congregation added a foyer, library, and classrooms, and in 2007 it added classrooms, a nursery, a kitchen, a gathering room, and a youth room.

Millwood and Maple Grove alternated Sunday services as one congregation with a unified membership until 1945 when they became separate congregations. The unified congregation was part of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, and after the merger with the Ohio Mennonite Conference, had been part of the Ohio Mennonite and Eastern Amish Mennonite Joint Conference. A division took place in 1945 when one-third of the congregation and the Millwood meetinghouse joined the more conservative Lancaster Mennonite Conference, and two-thirds of the membership and the Maple Grove meetinghouse stayed with the Ohio and Eastern Conference.

Unusually, Maple Grove's history includes four arson attempts to destroy the church. In October 1922, August 1940, and May 1952 a never-identified arsonist tried to burn the church. In 1922 and 1940 it took six weeks to repair the damage; in 1952 the damage was less severe. In the first two cases, kerosene cans and kerosene-soaked objects were found in the building. In 1952 gasoline-soaked hymnals and newspapers were found. The most serious fire took place in December 1967 when the basement was destroyed and much of the sanctuary damaged. The repaired facility was not dedicated until June 1968.

Over the years the Maple Grove congregations helped to establish many new congregations, including Media, Sandy Hill, Birch Grove, Ridgeview, Christiana, South Coatesville, Big Laurel, Meadowview, and Rainbow.

In May 2015 Maple Grove voted by 95.8% to withdraw from the Atlantic Coast Conference to become an independent Mennonite congregation. The Conference gave its release in October 2015. This move was part of a larger realignment of Mennonite congregations formerly part of Mennonite Church USA. Maple Grove was an independent congregation for several years, and then joined LMC: a Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches in 2019.

Bibliography

"The Maple Grove Mennonite Church...." Gospel Herald 61, no. 23 (11 June 1968): 529.

King, Melba. "Maple Grove celebrates new addition." Atlantic Coast Conference Currents 28, no. 6 (November-December 2007): 6.

Mast, Edna. "Maple Grove Mennonite Church." Atlantic Coast Conference Currents 2, no. 6 (November-December 1981): 1.

Stoltzfus, Grant M. Mennonites of the Ohio and Eastern Conference; From the Colonial Period in Pennsylvania to 1968. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite history, no. 13. Scottdale, Pa: Herald Press, 1969: 213-216, 319, 324.

Additional Information

Address: 549 Swan Rd., Atglen, Pennsylvania 19310

Phone: 610-593-6658

Website: https://www.maplegrovemc.com

Current Denominational Affiliation: LMC: a Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches

Pastoral Leaders at Maple Grove Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Gideon Stoltzfus (1835-1913)(Minister)
(Bishop)
1877-1888
1888-1913
John M. Stoltzfus (1862-1945) 1889-1945
Daniel M. Stoltzfus (1850-1941) 1884-1919
Amos B. Stoltzfoos (1866-1942) 1904-1942
John A. Kennel (1880-1963) (Minister)
(Bishop)
1917-1926
1926-1945
Menno Simons "M. S." Stoltzfus (1899-1982) 1933-1945
Leroy S. Stoltzfus (1911-1979) 1941-1945
Reuben G. Stoltzfus (1910-1994) 1944-1945
Abner G. Stoltzfus (1906-1980) 1945-1974
Calvin S. Kennel (1911-1987) 1947-1955
Aaron F. Stoltzfus (1895-1986) (Bishop) 1952-1966
P. Melville Nafziger (1924-2020) (Bishop) 1966-1974
Herman N. Glick (1920-2006) 1975-1985
Steven M. Garman (Youth) 1981-1983
Richard Umble 1985-1995
Phil Freed 1985-1995
R. Clair Umble (Interim) 1995-1997
Enno Jurrison 1997-2002
Bill Blank 2000-2007
Nilson Assis (Interim) 2003-2004
Stephen Crane 2007-2015
Jonathan Henson (Associate) 2010-2012
Mike Lusby (Associate)
(Lead)
(Part time)
2015
2015-2019
2019-2020
Seth Fisher (Associate) 2015-2017
Matthew Chambers (Worship) 2017-present
Michael R. Clemmer 2019-present

Membership at Maple Grove Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1915 254*
1919 273*
1925 326*
1930 394*
1935 470*
1940 551*
1945 604*
1950 406
1960 397
1970 266
1980 299
1990 280
2000 225
2007 239
  • Includes Millwood Mennonite Church

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Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2022

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2022. Web. 7 Aug 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maple_Grove_Mennonite_Church_of_Atglen_(Atglen,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=173478.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (January 2022). Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 August 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maple_Grove_Mennonite_Church_of_Atglen_(Atglen,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=173478.




©1996-2022 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Abner G. Stoltzfus. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 474. All rights reserved.

Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Mennonite Church USA), located less than one mile north of Atglen, Pennsylvania, is a member of the Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference. It was organized as the Millwood congregation in 1882 with a membership of 124. The Maple Grove meetinghouse was built in 1909. The original church at Millwood, a frame structure, was enlarged in 1935 to a seating capacity of 450. The Millwood and Maple Grove churches continued to function as one congregation until 1945, when the Millwood part withdrew to join the Lancaster Mennonite Conference , while the Maple Grove Church continued under the Ohio and Eastern Conference. On 1 October 1954 the membership of the Maple Grove congregation was 418, with Aaron F. Stoltzfus, Abner G. Stoltzfus, and Calvin S. Kennel serving as ministers.


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2022

Cite This Article

MLA style

Steiner, Samuel J. "Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2022. Web. 7 Aug 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maple_Grove_Mennonite_Church_of_Atglen_(Atglen,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=173478.

APA style

Steiner, Samuel J. (January 2022). Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 August 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maple_Grove_Mennonite_Church_of_Atglen_(Atglen,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=173478.




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