Pleasant View Bible Church (Aurora, Nebraska, USA)

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Pleasant View Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church), located near Aurora, Nebraska, was organized in 1886 under Christian Rediger and again in 1892 as the "Ger­man Mennonite Church," one of the twelve charter member congregations of the Central Conference of Mennonites. Ministers who have served the congregation were Andrew Oesch, Jacob Donner, George Donner, Eugene Augspurger, Edwin Goossen, and Herbert Roszhart. The membership in 1957 was 161, with Leo D. Thomas as pastor. The orig­inal church built in 1886-1887 was remodeled in 1949.

In 1965 the congregation asked to withdraw from the Central District Conference. It appeared this was partly due to its distance from the center of the conference. However, it chose to become an independent church rather than joining the Northern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church. It took the name Pleasant View Bible Church.


Kuhlmann, Paul. "A brief history of the Mennonites in Nebraska." M.A. Thesis, University of Nebraska, 1953. Web. 3 November 2022.

Rich, Elaine Sommers, ed. Walking Together in Faith: The Central District Conference, 1957-1990. Bluffton, Ohio: The Conference, 2003: 99-100.

Weaver, William B. History of the Central Conference Mennonite Church. Danvers, Ill: The author, 1926: 90-91. Available in full electronic text at

Additional Information

Address: 307 Manor Drive, Aurora, Nebraska 68818



Denominational Affiliations:

Pastoral Leaders at Pleasant View Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Christian Rediger (1849-1938) 1885-1922
Andrew Oesch (1848-1940) 1887-1912
David D. "D. D." Augspurger (1853-1935) 1893-1895
Jacob Donner 1902-1907
Julius A. Oesch (1883-1970) 1910-1911?
George Donner 1910-1921
Eugene R. Augspurger (1874-1944) 1923-1939
Edwin Goossen (1915-2009) 1940-1942
Herbert P. Roszhart (1911-1975) 1943-1955
Leo D. Thomas 1955-1962
LeRoy J. Stucky 1963-1965

Membership at Pleasant View Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1925 125
1930 147
1950 171
1960 171
1965 145

Author(s) Herbert Roszhart
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published 1959

Cite This Article

MLA style

Roszhart, Herbert and Samuel J. Steiner. "Pleasant View Bible Church (Aurora, Nebraska, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 25 Jul 2024.,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=174254.

APA style

Roszhart, Herbert and Samuel J. Steiner. (1959). Pleasant View Bible Church (Aurora, Nebraska, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2024, from,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=174254.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 191. All rights reserved.

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