Plainview Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church (Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA)

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The Plainview Church of God in Christ, Mennonite congregation southeast of Verden, Oklahoma, USA was established in 1902. The congregation started when five families and three widows moved to Paul's Valley, Oklahoma, about 60 miles southeast of Verden. They settled on farms about five miles west of Chickasha.

Initially, church services were held in homes and then in the Sandlin District School. During World War I, the congregation's use of the German language in worship caused problems in the community. The group ceased using the schoolhouse and relocated to a temporary location. In 1920 the congregation obtained land on David C. Unruh's farm and completed a church building in 1921. In 1952 the building was enlarged and remodeled; it was dedicated in March 1953. The congregation added a full basement in 1960. A new church building was started in 1974 and completed in 1975.

In about 2009, the church began a daughter congregation that initially met in the Borden Park Community Center in Chickasha. For the first five years, Plainview's ministers served the new Prairie Hills congregation.

The Plainview Mennonite School began in 1978 in a school building located just west of the church.

In 2020 the congregation was part of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The ministers were Robert G. Schmidt, Kyle Ratzloff, and Johnny Schmidt.

Bibliography

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Yearbook (1996-2020).

Histories of the congregations. 3rd. ed. Moundridge, Kansas: Gospel Publishers, 1999: 460-463.

Additional Information

Address: 2296 County Street 2770, Chickasha, Oklahoma 73092

Phone: 405-453-7278

Website:

Denominational Affiliations:

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite

Ordained Pastors at the Plainview Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Visiting ministers 1902-1920
Samuel A. Nichols (1894-1968) 1920-1926
Andrew B. Nightingale (1868-1938) 1922-1938
Edward Unruh (1892-1985) 1922-1950s?
Peter W. Decker (1885-1972) 1922-1926
Eben Nightingale (1910-1968) 1943-1949
1955-1968
Abe D. Koehn (1920-1989) 1954-1956
Glen Nightingale (1929-2013) 1956-2005
Chester L. Koehn 1964-1992
John Nightingale 1964-1994
1997-2000
Robert G. Schmidt 1981-present
Calvin Nightingale 1999-2009
Johnny Schmidt 2005-present
Kyle Ratzloff 2015-present

Membership at the Plainview Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1958 147
1995 205
2000 199
2010 145
2020 129

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Edward Unruh. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 184. All rights reserved.

Plainview Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church is located six miles west of Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma. The first members, among whom was J. B. P. Schmidt, came here from Pauls Valley in 1902. The church building, erected in 1920 and en­larged in 1952, has a seating capacity of 250. The first pastor was Sam A. Nichols. Ministers ordained here include Andrew Nightingale, P. W. Decker, Edward Unruh, and Eben Nightingale. In 1958 Abe D. Koehn was pastor and the membership was 147.


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published March 2021

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Plainview Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church (Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2021. Web. 21 Jun 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Plainview_Church_of_God_in_Christ_Mennonite_Church_(Chickasha,_Oklahoma,_USA)&oldid=170241.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (March 2021). Plainview Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church (Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 June 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Plainview_Church_of_God_in_Christ_Mennonite_Church_(Chickasha,_Oklahoma,_USA)&oldid=170241.




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