Pleasant Grove Conservative Mennonite Church (Goshen, Indiana, USA)

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Pleasant Grove Conservative Mennonite Church, lo­cated five miles southeast of Goshen, Indiana, was built in 1948 as a branch of the Townline and Griner churches. The first services were held here 15 August 1948. Services were held in all three of the churches every Sunday, the ministers alternating between the three churches. In 1956 the congrega­tions organized separately. The membership of the Pleasant Grove congregation at that time was 260, with Clarence A. Yoder (ordained in 1948, as bishop 1950), Menno S. Schrock (transferred from Old Order Amish), and Edwin J. Knepp (ordained in 1954).

In 1954 the Bethel Church was built four miles northeast of Nappanee, and a congregation was organized as a branch of the Pleasant Grove congrega­tion with Homer Miller as bishop; in 1957 it had 85 members, while Pleasant Grove had 240.

In the late 1950s the congregation led a colonization effort in the Noxubee County, Mississippi area as a result of rising land prices in Elkhart County, Indiana.

In February 1999 the congregation left the Conservative Mennonite Conference and joined the Biblical Mennonite Alliance.

In 2015 the leading minister was Randall L. Riegsecker and the associate pastors were Cleo Orendorf and Roy Rodes. The congregation had 190 members and an average attendance of 245.

Bibliography

Biblical Mennonite Alliance. Directory (August 2015); (2019): 40.

Biblical Mennonite Alliance. "Directory of BMA Congregations." Web. 13 May 2012. http://www.biblicalmennonite.com/congregations.html.

Hershberger, Brenda. Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2012-13. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2012: 40.

Miller, Ivan J. History of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, 1910-1985. Grantsville, Md: I. J. Miller, 1985: 109-110.

Yoder, Nathan E. Together in the Work of the Lord: a History of the Conservative Mennonite Conference. Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald Press, 2014: 242.

Additional Information

Address: 13483 County Road 38, Goshen, IN 46528

Phone: 574-642-4269

Denominational Affiliation: Biblical Mennonite Alliance

Ordained Pastors at Pleasant Grove Conservative Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Shared with
Founding Churches
1948-1956
Clarence A. Yoder (1917-1998)(Bishop) 1956-1985?
Menno S. Schrock (1900-1988) 1956-1980s
Edwin J. Knepp 1956-1959
Joni Beachy 1961-1965
Henry M. Yoder (1924-2011) 1962-1980s
Nelson Yoder 1975-1993?
Randall Riegsecker (Bishop) 1985?-present
Marvin Troyer 1993-1999?
Cleo Orendorf 1999?-2015?
Roy Rodes 2000-present
Jonathan Zimmerman 2018-present

Membership at Pleasant Grove Conservative Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1955 291
1960 240
1965 274
1970 197
1975 189
1980 184
1985 203
1990 140
1995 135
2007 165
2011 165
2019 155

Map

Map:Pleasant Grove Conservative Mennonite Church (Goshen, Indiana, USA)


Author(s) Samuel T. Eash
Sam Steiner
Date Published June 2019


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Eash, Samuel T. and Sam Steiner. "Pleasant Grove Conservative Mennonite Church (Goshen, Indiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2019. Web. 25 Aug 2019. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pleasant_Grove_Conservative_Mennonite_Church_(Goshen,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=164277.

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Eash, Samuel T. and Sam Steiner. (June 2019). Pleasant Grove Conservative Mennonite Church (Goshen, Indiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 August 2019, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Pleasant_Grove_Conservative_Mennonite_Church_(Goshen,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=164277.




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