Scottdale Mennonite Church (Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Scottdale Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) is an outgrowth of the Mennonite settlement in the Jacobs Creek Valley of Fayette and Westmoreland counties, Pennsylvania, which began in 1789. A log meetinghouse was erected at Pennsville, in Fayette County, some time before 1800, and another at Stonerville (now Alverton), in Westmoreland County, about 1800. The settlement grew during the first fifty years, reaching a membership of 200 or more in 1840. The next fifty years was a period of decline for various reasons, such as shift of population as people moved west, use of the German language after it was outmoded, failure to use progressive methods of Christian work such as the Sunday school, and lack of adequate resident leadership, until the membership dropped to 16 in 1892. The first step toward revival was the ordination of Aaron Loucks to the ministry on 18 September 1892. The Mennonite Church of Scottdale was built on the corner of Market and Grove streets in Scottdale and dedicated on 3 December 1893. The congregation was incorporated on 24 January 1898. It superseded the use of the other two buildings in about ten years. It was replaced by a larger building on the same site in 1939. By 1905 the congregation numbered 50 members. Through the influx of people drawn into the community by the publishing interests established in Scottdale in 1905 and an active missionary program the congregation grew to a membership of 273 in 1954.

In 1906 a mission Sunday school was opened at East Scottdale and in 1934 a similar effort was begun in North Scottdale. In 1952 a new church, called the Kingview Mennonite Church, was built in East Scottdale. The congregation was organized in January 1955 with 50 charter members, a number transferring from the home congregation; in 1957 the membership was 59. The school building at North Scottdale was purchased in 1954. In 1958 the building was remodeled and a congregation of some 55 was organized.

For a number of years, the congregation was known as the Mennonite Church of Scottdale.

After holding summer joint services and combining a number of programs for several years, the Kingview and Scottdale congregations merged on 1 June 2003. At this time the congregation's name reverted again to Scottdale Mennonite Church.

Bibliography

Hartzler, J. S. and D. Kauffman. Mennonite Church History. Scottdale, 1905.

Horst, J. L. and A. Kaufman. Seventy-fifth Anniversary Observance of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Mennonite Conference. 1951.

Preheim, Rich. "Scottdale, Pa., congregations to merge." The Mennonite 6, no. 11 (3 June 2003): 6.

Yoder, Edward. The Mennonites of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Scottdale, 1942.

Additional Information

Address: 801 Market Street, Scottdale, Pennsylvania 15683-1929

Phone: 724-887-7470

Website: https://www.facebook.com/scottdalemennonite

Denominational Affiliations: Allegheny Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Scottdale Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Aaron Loucks (1864-1945)
(Bishop)
1892-1893
1893-1933
John A. Brilhart (1857-1937) 1900-1902
1907-1937
J. A. Ressler (1867-1936) 1911-1936
H. Frank Reist (1881-1967) 1916-1918
John L. Horst (1889-1964)
(Bishop)
1929-1946
1946-1957
Daniel Kauffman (1865-1944)(Bishop) 1933-1944
Abram J. Metzler (1902-1996)
(Bishop)
1935-1944
1944-1946
1957-1967
Harold Brenneman (1918-2010) 1944-1954
Paul Erb (1894-1984) 1944-1955
Millard C. Lind (1918-2015) 1948-1955
Willis Hallman 1955-1959
Urie Bender (1925–2018) 1959-1960
Gerald C. Studer (1927-2013) 1961-1973
John M. Drescher (1928-2014) 1973-1978
James E. Horsch 1978-1980
Robert N. Johnson (1932-1990) 1980-1990
John E. Sharp 1991-1995
Doug Amstutz 1996-2001
Wanda Roth Amstutz 1996-2001
Charles Shenk (Interim) 2001-2003
Conrad Mast 2003-2015
Donna Mast 2003-2009?
David E. Mishler 2016-present

Membership at Scottdale Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1905 50
1915 69
1925 110
1930 129
1940 174
1950 201
1960 207
1970 213
1980 204
1990 191
2000 148
2007 200
2020 120


Author(s) John L Horst
Richard D. Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published October 2021

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Horst, John L, Richard D. Thiessen and Samuel J. Steiner. "Scottdale Mennonite Church (Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2021. Web. 21 Jan 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Scottdale_Mennonite_Church_(Scottdale,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=172458.

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Horst, John L, Richard D. Thiessen and Samuel J. Steiner. (October 2021). Scottdale Mennonite Church (Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 January 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Scottdale_Mennonite_Church_(Scottdale,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=172458.




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