Rehrersburg Mennonite Church (Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Rehrersburg Mennonite Church, 2016.
Source: Lester M. Burkholder

Rehrersburg Mennonite Church is affiliated with Hope Mennonite Fellowship (HMF). It was established because the Schaefferstown Mennonite Church of HMF had filled beyond its practical seating capacity. Erection of the Rehrersburg building was finished in early 2002. Bishop Earl Horst brought the first message on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2002. Bishop J. Elvin Horst preached at the dedication service on 5 May 2002.

Bernell Zimmerman was ordained as minister for Rehrersburg on 28 April 2001. Bernell was ordained bishop for Rehrersburg and Cocolamus on 6 November 2006. David G. Martin, who had been ordained as deacon for Schaefferstown, transferred to serve as the first deacon at Rehrersburg. Jay E. Horst (son of Elvin, and grandson of Earl) was ordained minister on 5 May 2005. On 13 December 2008 Jonathan Lehman was ordained minister. On 21 May 2010 David M. Martin (son of David G.) was ordained deacon. Clarence Kreider, Jr. was ordained minister on 13 May 2016.

Members from Rehrersburg have given much support in finances and personnel for the HMF city mission in Allentown, Pennsylvania and for the services in the Lehigh County Prison.

On 1 January 2016, the Rehrersburg congregation consisted of 131 members. In early 2016, the Rehrersburg congregation purchased a vacant church building in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania with plans to establish of a new congregation at that location.

Rehrersburg Mennonite School, 2016.
Source: Lester M. Burkholder

The Rehrersburg Christian School began in 2004 in the basement of the Rehrersburg church building, In 2005 a new school building was erected next to the church. In 2015-2016 it offered grades one through twelve to 62 students. A pedestrian tunnel passing under the driveway connects the basements of the church and school.

Rehrersburg Mennonite Church and Rehrersburg Christian School of HMF are near the village of Rehrersburg in Berks County, Pennsylvania. From 1969 to 1991, at the Ziegler Meeting House, just 2.5 miles (4 km) away, there had been an earlier Rehrersburg Mennonite Church affiliated with Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church (EPMC). That building was sold to the German Baptist Brethren. The Little Mountain Mennonite Church of EPMC and the Swatara Mennonite Church of Pilgrim Mennonite Conference formed from the members of the earlier Rehrersburg Mennonite Church of EPMC.


Burkholder, Lester M., compiler. History of Hope Mennonite Fellowship 1981-2015. Myerstown, Pa.: Little Mountain Printing, 2016.

Additional Information

Address: 61 Strausstown Road, Bethel, PA 19507

Phone: (717) 933-0151


Denominational Affiliations: Hope Mennonite Fellowship

Rehrersburg Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Elvin Horst (Bishop) 2002-2008
David G. Martin (Deacon) 2002-present
Bernell Zimmerman (Minister)
Jay Horst (Minister) 2005-present
Jonathan Lehman (Minister) 2008-present
David M. Martin (Deacon) 2010-present
Clarence Kreider, Jr. (Minister) 2016-present

Rehrersburg Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
2016 131


Map:Rehrersburg Mennonite Church (Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA)

Author(s) Lester M Burkholder
Date Published June 2016

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Burkholder, Lester M. "Rehrersburg Mennonite Church (Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2016. Web. 17 Apr 2024.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=134432.

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Burkholder, Lester M. (June 2016). Rehrersburg Mennonite Church (Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 April 2024, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=134432.

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