Morgantown Church of the Brethren (Morgantown, West Virginia, USA)

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The Morgantown Church of the Brethren in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA began as a mission outreach of the Church of the Brethren, with the assistance of the nearby Mount Union Church of the Brethren congregation. The mission opened in July 1902. Two of the ministers were Thomas H. Miller and Sylvanius Annon.

The mission initially met in a building on Virginia Avenue. A new church on Highland Avenue was dedicated on 14 August 1910. The third building on Virginia Avenue and Center Street was dedicated on 5 May 1963. Early Church of the Brethren ministers included Solomen Bucklew, Marshall Wolfe, and Obed Hamstead. Glenn Bowlby became the congregation's first full-time pastor.

In 1982 conversations began about possible affiliation with a Mennonite conference, increasing the Anabaptist emphasis in Morgantown. Formal discussion with the Allegheny Mennonite Conference began in May 1983. The congregation developed its first constitution and consulted with other congregations that were part of two denominations. Formal affiliation with the Allegheny Mennonite Conference began in January 1985.

In 2021 the congregation was part of the Allegheny Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA and the West Marva District of the Church of the Brethren. The minister was Wes Bergen.

Bibliography

Martin, W. "Morgantown Church of the Brethren: History of the congregation." Morgantown Church of the Brethren. 14 November 2019. Web. 4 October 2021. https://www.morgantowncob.org/history.

Additional Information

Address: 464 Virginia Ave., Morgantown, West Virginia 26505-4739

Phone: 304-292-5616

Website: https://www.morgantowncob.org/

Denominational Affiliations: West Marva District (CoB)

Allegheny Mennonite Conference (MC USA)

Church of the Brethren

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Morgantown Church of the Brethren

Name Years
of Service
Glenn Bowlby 1944-1947
Samuel Flora 1948-1951
Mark Kenney 1952-1953
Everett Beckman 1953-1955
Wilmer Hurst 1955-1959
Wendell Bohrer 1960-1967
Wilmer Crummett 1967-1973
Charles Taylor 1973-1974
Leon Swigart 1974-1977
Lester E. Boleyn 1977-1988
J. Michael Fike
(Interim co-pastor)
1988-1991
2006-2007
Bryan Harness 1992-1997
Cameron Kaufman-Frey 1997-2006
John Khechane 2003
Lois Harder (Interim co-pastor) 2006-2007
Carrie Eikler (Co-pastor) 2007-2014
Torin Eikler (Co-pastor) 2007-2014
Wes Bergen 2016-present

Membership at Morgantown Church of the Brethren

Year Membership
1985 120
1990 119
2000 103
2007 95
2020 60


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published October 2021

Cite This Article

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Morgantown Church of the Brethren (Morgantown, West Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2021. Web. 30 May 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Morgantown_Church_of_the_Brethren_(Morgantown,_West_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=172429.

APA style

Steiner, Samuel J. (October 2021). Morgantown Church of the Brethren (Morgantown, West Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Morgantown_Church_of_the_Brethren_(Morgantown,_West_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=172429.




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