Pilgrim Mennonite Church (Amelia, Virginia, USA)

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Pilgrim Mennonite Church is located in Amelia, Virginia, USA. The church originated in 1955 after four Mennonite families moved from the Norfolk, Virginia area after a military base was established close to their properties. The new Pilgrim congregation was initially a member of the Virginia Mennonite Conference. Eli Kramer, Pilgrim's bishop, withdrew from the Virginia Conference in 1959 over matters of church practice and discipline in areas of jewelry, cut hair for women, and life insurance. The Pilgrim congregation also withdrew, and asked Kramer to continue to be their bishop.

In 2018 the church had 19 members and was a member of the Nationwide Fellowship Churches. The ministerial team included Bishop Vernon L. Mast and Minister Fred Mast.


Mennonite Church Directory (2014): 109; (2018): 123.

"Pilgrim Mennonite Church." The Mideastern Fellowship Churches (2014): 154-155.

Additional Information

Address: 17230 Genito Rd, Amelia Court House, VA

Telephone: 804-561-3267

Denominational Affiliation:

Nationwide Fellowship Churches


Pilgrim Mennonite Church

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Melvin Gingerich. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 180. All rights reserved.

Pilgrim Mennonite Church, Amelia, Virginia, established in 1956, had 53 members in 1957. Harvey J. Mast and Levi D. Kramer were the ministers.

Author(s) Richard D. Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published February 2015

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Pilgrim Mennonite Church (Amelia, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2015. Web. 5 Dec 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pilgrim_Mennonite_Church_(Amelia,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=165962.

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Samuel J. Steiner. (February 2015). Pilgrim Mennonite Church (Amelia, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 5 December 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pilgrim_Mennonite_Church_(Amelia,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=165962.

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