Salford Mennonite Church (Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Salford Mennonite Church, Salford, Pennsylvania.
Source: Mennonite Churches in Harleysville, Pennsylvania website.

Salford Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) was one of the early Mennonite settlements in what is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The first house of worship was built sometime prior to the first purchase of land by the congregation in 1728. The grantors of the land were Henrich and Modlena Ruth, and the grantees were Henry Funk, Dielman Kolb, Christian Meyer, and Abraham Reiff. These men were or later became ordained Mennonite church officials, Funk a bishop, Kolb a preacher, and Meyer and Reiff deacons. Services were conducted exclusively in German for almost two centuries. The first English-speaking preacher was ordained in 1915. Salford is remembered as the location of one of the schools taught by the noted Mennonite schoolmaster, Christopher Dock, whose other school was at Skippack. About 1770 the original Salford meetinghouse was replaced by a larger one. D. K. Cassel taught school in this meetinghouse in 1839. It was replaced by another in 1850, which was enlarged in 1897, but was torn down in 1924, when the present house of worship, the fourth, was built, 56 x 88 feet in size. Perhaps the most noted minister in the past century was Henry S. Bower (1836-1909), ordained in 1865.

In 1958 the ministers were Rein A. Alderfer and Henry L. Ruth. The membership was above 250 in 1884; in 1958 it was 420.


Alderfer, Joel. Peace be unto this house: a history the Salford Mennonite congregation, 1717-1988. Harleysville, Pa.: The Church, 1988.

Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Telford, Pa.: Franconia Mennonite Historical Society, 1937: 131-137.

Additional Information

Address: 480 Groffs Mill Rd., Harleysville, PA

Phone: 215-256-0778


Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Church USA

Mosaic Mennonite Conference

Ordained Leaders at Salford Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Heinrich Funck (d. 1760) 1738-1760
Dielman Kolb (1691-1756) 1738-1756
Christian Haldeman (1744-1833) 17??-1833
Isaac Alderfer (1773-1842) 18??-1842
John Bergey (1783-1865) 1833-1865
Jacob Kolb (1799-1867) 1842-1867
Isaac K. Clemens (1813-1895) 1853-1895
Henry S. Bower (1836-1909) 1865-1909
Jacob C. Moyer (1839-1921) 1881-1921
Henry M. Clemmer (1849-1936) 1908-1936
Rein A. Alderfer (1877-1962) 1915-1961
Elias N. Landis (1897-1957) 1928-1957
Henry L. Ruth (1918-1993) 1951-1968
Willis A. Miller (1932- ) 1961-1992
Clayton V. Beyler (1918-1973) 1966-1967
Clayton L. Swartzentruber (1928-2010) 1970-1976
John L. Ruth (1930- ) 1972-1993ff
Loren Swartzendruber (1949- ) 1978-1983
John E. Sharp (1951- ) 1983-1989
Michael King (1954- ) 1991-1994
James Longacre 1992-2006
Craig Morton 1994-1999?
Miriam Book 2000-2011
Dan Graber 2005-2007
James Lapp 2008-2011
Joe Hackman 2008-present
Beth Yoder 2011-present
Mary Beth Longacre Benner 2011-2016

Membership at Salford Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1884 250
1915 310
1925 290
1935 357
1945 400
1955 442
1965 416
1975 409
1985 414
1995 487
2005 500
2015 450


Map:Salford Mennonite Church (Salford, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)

Author(s) John C Wenger
Date Published 1959

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Wenger, John C. "Salford Mennonite Church (Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 22 Sep 2023.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168896.

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Wenger, John C. (1959). Salford Mennonite Church (Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2023, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168896.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 407. All rights reserved.

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