Salem Mennonite Church (Baker, West Virginia, USA)

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Salem Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) is a rural mission church at Baker, Hardy County, West Virginia, under the Virginia Mennonite Conference. In 1868 ministers from Broadway, Virginia, traveled 45 miles to Bean Settlement, 6 miles north of this church, and preached at a schoolhouse, giving pastoral care to a few members living there. Later they also preached at the Mine Spring schoolhouse nearby.

In 1927 a church was built here, which was enlarged in 1948 by adding two Sunday-school rooms. This congregation is the result of one of the first efforts of rural evangelism of the Northern District of the Virginia Conference. The membership in 1957 was 113; the pastor was Samuel A. Shank.

In 2010 the amembership was 20 and the congregation was a member of the Mountain Valley Mennonite Churches. The pastor was Ortho Horst.


Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2011. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2011: 65.

Additional Information

Address: 3836 Parker Hollow Road, Baker, WV 26801

Phone: 304-897-7597

Denominational Affiliation:

Mountain Valley Mennonite Churches

Ordained Pastors at Salem Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Samuel A. Shank 1931?-1972
Arland Schrock 1970-2000?
Otho H. Horst 2001?-2012?
James D. Rhodes 2005?-2012?
Craig Good 2012?-present

Membership at Salem Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1931 61
1935 87
1940 43
1945 48
1950 81
1955 119
1960 110
1965 93
1970 97
1975 85
1980 46
1985 55
1990 54
1995 42
2000 36
2005 30
2010 20

Author(s) Timothy Showalter
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published April 2019

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Showalter, Timothy and Richard D. Thiessen. "Salem Mennonite Church (Baker, West Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2019. Web. 29 Sep 2023.,_West_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=163822.

APA style

Showalter, Timothy and Richard D. Thiessen. (April 2019). Salem Mennonite Church (Baker, West Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 September 2023, from,_West_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=163822.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 406. All rights reserved.

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