Mennonite Sunday School Mission (Lancaster Mennonite Conference)

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Mennonite Sunday School Mission of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church) was the successor of the organization known as Mission Advocates, after Bishop Board objection and after they had decided they had "advocated" long enough and needed action. Their first quarterly meeting was held at the Paradise meetinghouse, 4 January 1896, and most of such meetings were held there alternating with Kinzer, until the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities became its successor in early 1917 (although organized in 1914 and chartered in 1915). John H. Mellinger was chairman of the Sunday School Mission throughout. The rest of the first organization was John R. Buckwalter assistant chairman, Amos A. Ressler secretary, and Ira L. Hershey treasurer. Red Well Mission and the Intercourse Sunday School soon blossomed, the former attaining unexpected proportions. The Vine Street Mission soon started, with Philadelphia Mission coming to fruition in 1899 and Columbia Mission in 1907. These were days when Mary Denlinger and A. Hershey Leaman of Paradise made the Chicago Mission a reality, and J. A. Ressler of the same area (then living at Scottdale) went to India, Abram Metzler to Martinsburg in Blair County, Pennsylvania, and John M. Kreider and others to Palmyra in northeastern Missouri. These were some of the first fruits of the efforts for carrying out the Great Commission in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference and its outreach.


Landis, Ira D. The Missionary Movement Among Lancaster Conference Mennonites. Scottdale, 1938.

Author(s) Ira D Landis
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1108. All rights reserved.

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