Pilgrim Christian Fellowship (Stuarts Draft, Virginia, USA)

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The Pilgrim Christian Fellowship in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, USA was established in 1968. The congregation started when a small group withdrew from Mount Zion Amish Mennonite Church desiring evangelical innovations like English-language preaching.

In the 2010s, one of the congregation's pastors, Kenneth L. Miller, made headlines across the United States when he was convicted for helping a woman and her child escape to Managua, Nicaragua to defy a court ruling that gave joint custody of the child to her former lesbian partner.

In 2017 the church was a member of the Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship and had a membership of 110. The bishop was Simon Jacob Schrock, and the ministers were Darrell Hershberger and Kenneth Miller..


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Additional Information

Address: 238 Twin Hill Road, Stuarts Draft, Virginia

Phone: 540-337-4984

Website: http://pilgrimfellowship.org/

Denominational Affiliations:

Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship


Pilgrim Christian Fellowship

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published February 2018

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Steiner, Sam. "Pilgrim Christian Fellowship (Stuarts Draft, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2018. Web. 20 Jan 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pilgrim_Christian_Fellowship_(Stuarts_Draft,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=156947.

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