Shore Mennonite Church (Shipshewana, Indiana, USA)

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The Shore Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), a member of the Indiana-Michigan Conference, is located one mile (1.5 km) south and one mile (1.5 km) east of Shipshewana, Lagrange County, Indiana, on State Road 20 near Shore Lake. In the early 1860s church services were held in a barn or homes of members. A few years later a schoolhouse was used for services. At this time the name Shore was given to the small village, the school, and the lake. The members residing in this community held membership with the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, and many years after the church was organized the ministers served both congregations. In 1874 a site was donated by William Wiler, and a church 30 x 40 ft. was built on the west side of Shore Lake. The membership then was about 200. In 1893 this building was moved across the road and enlarged; it was replaced by a new church in 1929. Some of the early ministers who served at the Shore Mennonite Church were John Nusbaum, Henry A. Miller, and J. J. Weaver (who preached in English), P. Y. Lehman, James J. Mishler, John Garber, and P. J. Miller. In 1957 the bishop was Lee J. Miller (ordained 1945), and Josiah J. Miller and Percy J. Miller (ordained 1933) the ministers. The 1957 membership was 333.

In 2009 the membership was 323; the pastors were Brent Eash and Carl Horner.

Additional Information

Address: 7235 West US Hwy 20, Shipshewana, Indiana

Phone: 260-768-4240

Website: Shore Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA


Map:Shore Mennonite Church (Shipshewana, Indiana)

Author(s) Vinetta Coffman
Date Published 1958

Cite This Article

MLA style

Coffman, Vinetta. "Shore Mennonite Church (Shipshewana, Indiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1958. Web. 15 May 2021.,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=137191.

APA style

Coffman, Vinetta. (1958). Shore Mennonite Church (Shipshewana, Indiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 15 May 2021, from,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=137191.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 516. All rights reserved.

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