Sandy Hill Community Church (Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA)

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The Sandy Hill Mennonite Church began as outreach of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, near Atglen, Pennsylvania. In September 1947 Maple Grove congregation investigated an area north of Sadsburyville as the possible location for a new outreach, and then undertook visits to homes in the community as well as local officials, leading Maple Grove to plant a new congregation. They received permission to use the one room Sandy Hill schoolhouse for services.

The first Sunday school and worship service was held 7 December 1947. The schoolhouse remained the new group's place of worship until May of 1953 when it moved into a new church on the corner of South Sandy Hill Road and Old Wilmington Road.

The latter facility has expanded twice since 1953 -- first in 1967 to increase seating capacity to 180, and secondly in 1999 to increase seating capacity to 270.

In the mid-1980s Sandy Hill began a preschool program, and more recently a food pantry program for the community.

Sandy Hill was originally a member of the Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference; it became part of the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA when that regional conference formed in 1978. At a time of controversy in the larger Mennonite Church USA, it withdrew from the Atlantic Coast Conference in October 2014 in order to become a member of the Alliance of Mennonite Evangelical Congregations.

In 2005 the congregation changed its name to Sandy Hill Community Church.


Huber, Tim. "Atlantic Coast Conference adds one, loses another." Mennonite World Review (10 November 2014): 3.

Sandy Hill Community Church. "How Sandy Hill Community Church Began." Web. 10 January 2022.

Additional Information

Address: 420 South Sandy Hill Road, Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320

Phone: (610) 857-3959


Denominational Affiliations:

Alliance of Mennonite Evangelical Congregations

Sandy Hill Community Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Maple Grove pastors 1947-1953
R. Clair Umble (1919-2017) 1953-1974
Paul H. Stoltzfus
P. Melville Nafziger (1924-2020) 1974-1980
Andrew Leatherman 1981-1993
Omer King 1994-2002
Dale Weaver 2006-2020
David Klingensmith (Associate)

Sandy Hill Community Church Membership

Year Members
1955 63
1965 140
1975 155
1985 161
1995 165
2005 118


Map:Sandy Hill Community Church (Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA)

Original Article from Mennonite Encyclopedia

By Melvin Gingerich. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, vol. 4, p. 416. All rights reserved.

Sandy Hill Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), located at Sadsburyville, Pennsylvania, was established in 1947. In 1957 it had 80 members with R. Clair Umble as pastor, in the Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2022

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