Providence Mennonite Church (Newport News, Virginia, USA)

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In 1897, a group of Midwestern Amish and Mennonite families moved into the Denbigh area Denbigh neighborhood of Newport News, Virginia. In 1900, David Z. Yoder assisted the Amish families to establish the Providence Amish Mennonite Church. The congregation dedicated its church the following year. Founding members were David Z. Yoder, J. Z. Mast, C. K. Miller and D. S. Yoder. John S. Mast of Elverson, Pennsylvania served as bishop for 35 years.

The congregation had 31 members in 1957. Wilbur H. Smoker was minister.


Fifty Years: Building on the Warwick. Denbigh, 1947: 32-35.

Providence Mennonite Church. "A Short History of Providence Mennonite Church." 22 March 2013. Web. 29 March 2014.

Additional Information

Address: 13101 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23602

Phone: 757-249-2702

Web site: Providence Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church (MC)

[Mennonite Conference]

Mennonite Church USA

Providence Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years of Service
David Zook Yoder 1900-1904
Joseph Zook 1905-1918
George Hostetler 1914-1937
Orrie D. Yoder 1937-1943
Levi Hurst 1943-1944
Kenneth Good 1945-1946
Emery Glick (Deacon) 1946-1953
Herbert Troyer 1950-1954
Wilbur Smoker 1954-1972
Wesley Boyer 1973-1980
Ernest M. Godshall 1980-1996
Mark Marvuglio 1997-1999
R. Todd Bowman 2001-2003
Kenneth J. Peterson 2004-2010
Carl Mericle 201?-present


Map:Providence Mennonite Church (Newport News, Virginia, USA)

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1959

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Providence Mennonite Church (Newport News, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 22 Sep 2020.,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=140392.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1959). Providence Mennonite Church (Newport News, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2020, from,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=140392.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 223. All rights reserved.

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