Palm Grove Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA)

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Palm Grove Mennonite Church (formerly Palm Grove Conservative Mennonite Church), located at Sarasota, Florida, originally a member of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, was organized 3 May 1953, with 19 charter members. They worshiped in the Pinecraft Mennonite Church until 29 November 1953, at which time they met in the Pinecraft school. A church building searing 400 was dedicated 14 February 1954. During the winter tourists from as far as California and western Canada worship with the congregation, raising the attendance to 250. Menno M. Coblentz was bishop and Joseph F. Baer pastor until 1956, when Bishop Andrew Jantzi succeeded them. In 1957 there were 33 members.

In 1962-1963 the congregation experienced great tension during an ordination process. Elmer Jantzi of Michigan provided some valuable assistance at that time.

In the 1980s the congregation sponsored a mission outreach in Haiti.

The church joined the Biblical Mennonite Alliance in February 2011. In 2019 the leading minister was J. R. Weaver and the associate pastors were David R. Miller and Pete Weaver. The congregational membership was 115 and the average weekly attendance was 200.

Bibliography

Biblical Mennonite Alliance. Directory (August 2015); (2019): 39.

Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2011. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2011: 53.

Biblical Mennonite Alliance. "BMA Directory 2012." Web. 15 May 2012. http://www.biblicalmennonite.com/support-files/2012-bma-directory-updated-mar-12-for-web.pdf.

Miller, Ivan J. History of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, 1910-1985. Grantsville, Md: I. J. Miller, 1985: 88-90.

Yoder, Nathan E. Together in the Work of the Lord: a History of the Conservative Mennonite Conference. Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald Press, 2014: 316.

Additional Information

Address: 1087 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34278

Phone: 941-957-1710

Website: Palm Grove Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliation:

Conservative Mennonite Conference (1953-2010)

Biblical Mennonite Alliance (2011-present)

Ordained Pastors at Palm Grove Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Joseph Baer 1953-1956
Menno Coblentz (Bishop) 1953-1956
Andrew Jantzi (Bishop) 1956-1963
Noah D. Miller 1959-1964
Elmer Jantzi (Interim) 1963
Orie Kauffman 1963-1971
Levi B. Sommers
(Bishop)
1970-1981
1981-1994?
David R. Miller 1973-2010s
Ricky A. Beachy 1986-1991?
Reuben Beachy 1994-2000s
Peter Weaver 1994-2017?
J. R. Weaver 2002-present
Todd Webb 2017-present

Membership at Palm Grove Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1953 19
1960 40
1965 72
1970 122
1975 106
1980 144
1985 174
1990 207
1995 213
2000 183
2007 126
2011 127
2015 115
2019 115

Map

Map:Palm Grove Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA)


Author(s) Joseph F. Baer
Sam Steiner
Date Published June 2019


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Baer, Joseph F. and Sam Steiner. "Palm Grove Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2019. Web. 19 Aug 2019. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Palm_Grove_Mennonite_Church_(Sarasota,_Florida,_USA)&oldid=164276.

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Baer, Joseph F. and Sam Steiner. (June 2019). Palm Grove Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 August 2019, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Palm_Grove_Mennonite_Church_(Sarasota,_Florida,_USA)&oldid=164276.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 113. All rights reserved.


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