Paradise Mennonite Church (Hagerstown, Maryland, USA)

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Paradise Mennonite Church, Hagerstown, Maryland in July 1949.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.1-20).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana
Paradise Mennonite Church, 2017.
Photo by Collin Miller

Paradise Mennonite Church (Washington-Franklin Mennonite Conference), located near Reid, Maryland, four miles north of Hagerstown. Services were first conducted in a schoolhouse near by in 1892-97, when a brick church was erected on the southeast corner of the Christian Eshleman farm, who also granted the land. In 1925 the building was enlarged and again in 1947. The ministers of the Miller Mennonite Church, of which it is a branch, have pastoral oversight. Irvin S. Shank was the minister in charge in 1956.

In 2014 the church was led by Bishop Enos Rudolph, Minister Norman G. Martin, and Deacon Wilmer R. Eby. The congregation had 147 members.

The congregation was originally a Mennonite Church (MC) congregation but later joined the Washington-Franklin Mennonite Conference.


Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 141.

Additional Information

Phone: 301-739-1709

Author(s) John D. Risser
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published October 2017

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Risser, John D. and Richard D. Thiessen. "Paradise Mennonite Church (Hagerstown, Maryland, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2017. Web. 11 Jul 2020.,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=155457.

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Risser, John D. and Richard D. Thiessen. (October 2017). Paradise Mennonite Church (Hagerstown, Maryland, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 11 July 2020, from,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=155457.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 116-117. All rights reserved.

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