Nickel Mines Mennonite Church (Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Nickel Mines Mennonite Church
Photo from congregation's website

The Nickel Mines Mennonite Church (Biblical Mennonite Alliance) is located in a former mining community at 1981 Mine Road, Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The ministers of the Paradise District of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference bought and repaired an abandoned Episcopal meetinghouse, and services were started on 29 September 1935. In 1952 Paul C. Mast  was ordained as local pastor. The missionaries Edgar Denlinger and Irene Stauffer were from this congregation. The membership in 1956 was 40, with C. Marvin Eshleman as pastor.

In January 2002 the Nickel Mines congregation left the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. It joined the Biblical Mennonite Alliance in August 2002.

In 2019 the leading minister was Leon K. Martin and the associate pastors were Landis Weaver, Jr. and Sheldon Sensenig. The congregational membership was 67 and the average weekly attendance was 85.


Biblical Mennonite Alliance. Directory (August 2015); (2019)ː 37.

Biblical Mennonite Alliance. "Directory of BMA Congregations." Web. 13 May 2012.

Hershberger, Brenda. Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2012-13. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2012: 40.

"History of Nickel Mines." Nickel Mines Mennonite Church. Web. 13 June 2019.

Additional Information

Address: 1981 Mine Road, Paradise, PA 17562

Phone: 610-593-2713


Denominational Affiliation: Biblical Mennonite Alliance

Ordained Pastors at Nickel Mines Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Supplied 1935-1952
Paul E. Mast 1952-1956
C. Marvin Esleman 1956-1964?
David N. Wadel 1963-1967
Nelson G. Rohrer 1969-1975?
Ernest E. Mummau (1939-2013) 1978-2013
Leon Kurtz Martin 1993?-present
Philip J. Herschberger 2003-2010s
Landis Weaver, Jr. 2011-present
Sheldon Sensenig 2015-present

Membership at Nickel Mines Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1950 27
1955 36
1960 37
1965 20
1970 22
1975 31
1980 35
1985 46
1990 75
1995 91
2000 117
2005 70
2010 70
2015 67
2019 67


Map:Nickel Mines Mennonite Church (Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA)

Author(s) Ira D. Landis
Sam Steiner
Date Published June 2019

Cite This Article

MLA style

Landis, Ira D. and Sam Steiner. "Nickel Mines Mennonite Church (Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2019. Web. 21 Nov 2019.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=164205.

APA style

Landis, Ira D. and Sam Steiner. (June 2019). Nickel Mines Mennonite Church (Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 November 2019, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=164205.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 871. All rights reserved.

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