Sierra Valley Christian Fellowship (Beckwourth, California, USA)

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The Sierra Valley Christian Fellowship, Beckwourth, California, USA began as a colonization outreach of the Mennonite Christian Fellowship. The aim was to establish a congregation practicing conservative Anabaptist values, and to serve as a point of reference for seekers in the western USA. Rod and Staff publications were used in home schooling in California, and a greater presence was thought to be desirable.

Several delegations went to California in 1995, and Beckwourth was chosen as a mission location. Several ministers, including Titus Graber, Ernest Rissler and Cletus Graber, visited the area for periods of time. A remodeled building on the property was completed in late 1996, and the church was formally established in December 1996. As the church grew, a new church and school building was completed in 2000.

In the long term, the location was not fruitful, and in 2008 the nucleus of the fellowship relocated one hour north to help form the Diamond View Mennonite Church. The membership in 2007 was 30.


Mennonite Church Directory (2007): 61.

Miller, Allan A., compiler. The origin of the Fellowship churches. Gap Mills, West Virginia: Yoder's Select Books, 2004: 63-66.

Additional Information

Address: Beckwourth, California



Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Christian Fellowship

Ordained Pastors at Sierra Valley Christian Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
Ernest Rissler 1996-1997
Paul Brenneman (Bishop) 1997-2008
William Plank 2004-2008

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published November 2018

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Sierra Valley Christian Fellowship (Beckwourth, California, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2018. Web. 18 May 2024.,_California,_USA)&oldid=165427.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (November 2018). Sierra Valley Christian Fellowship (Beckwourth, California, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 May 2024, from,_California,_USA)&oldid=165427.

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