Salem Mennonite Church (Shickley, Nebraska, USA)

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Salem Mennonite Church in Shickley, Nebraska on 6 July 1948.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.8-5).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana
Salem Mennonite Church, Shickley, Nebraska
Source: Church website

Salem Mennonite Church, Shickley, Nebraska, USA, emerged in 1891 from a new settlement of Amish Mennonites from the East Fairview congregation in Seward County, Nebraska.

Initially, the congregation met in a schoolhouse near Shickley, but after the first year moved to the township hall. In 1904, it built a meetinghouse several miles from Shickley. In 1966, it built a new church.

As part of the realignment of the Mennonite Church (MC) and General Conference Mennonite Church into Mennonite Church USA, Salem Mennonite was among the congregations that joined the new Central Plains Mennonite Conference in 2000.

In 2023 the congregation was part of the Central Plains Conference of Mennonite Church USA.


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Yoder, Holly Blosser. The same spirit: History of Iowa-Nebraska Mennonites. Freeman, S.D.: Central Plains Mennonite Conference, 2003: 37-38, 47-49, 53, 215-217, 283.

Additional Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 165, Shickley, Nebraska 68436-0165

Meeting Location: 820 Rd V, Shickley, Nebraska

Phone: 402-627-3215

Website: Salem Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations: Central Plains Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Salem Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Paul P. "P. P." Hershberger (1840-1908) 1891-1905
Christian T. Beller (1856-1909) 1891-?
Peter Kennel (1862-1923)
Jacob J. Swartzendruber (1848-1922) 1907-1922
Fred C. Reeb (1895-1984) 1923-
Peter R. "P. R." Kennel (1889-1978)
Lee Schlegel (1916-1991)(Bishop) 1962-1982?
Scott Swartzendruber 1979?-1980?
Wilton Detweiler 1982-2006?
Shawn Nolt 2009-2020
Benjamin J. "Ben" Schlegel 2020-

Membership at Salem Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1913 184
1920 215
1930 235
1940 243
1950 248
1960 259
1970 225
1980 218
1990 205
2000 242
2009 191
2020 173

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By P. R. Kennel. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 405. All rights reserved.

Salem Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), four miles southeast of Shickley, Nebraska, was organized in 1891 by P. P. Hershberger and Chris Beller. Services were held in a township hall until 1904, when a meeting house was erected.

In 1957 the membership was approximately 265 with Peter R. Kennel serving as bishop and Fred C. Reeb as minister.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published June 2023

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Salem Mennonite Church (Shickley, Nebraska, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2023. Web. 22 Sep 2023.,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=175932.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (June 2023). Salem Mennonite Church (Shickley, Nebraska, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2023, from,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=175932.

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