Souderton Mennonite Church (Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Souderton Mennonite Church in Souderton, Pennsylvania in August 1946.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.0-6).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana

Souderton Mennonite Church, located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a member of the Franconia Conference, began in 1879 when families of the Franconia and the Rockhill Mennonite congregations living in Souderton built the first house of worship in Souderton. The congregation was organized in 1891. The first communion was held on 19 April 1891, when 68 members partook. Ministers from established Mennonite congregations accepted appointments to preach at Souderton until 1914, when the first minister there was ordained. Ministers who have served the congregation with the date of ordination were Jacob M. Moyer, minister 1914; bishop 1947; Elmer B. Moyer (d. 1957) minister 1919; Russell B. Musselman, minister 1948. The membership in 1958 was 470; Stanley Shenk was assisting in the ministry. A considerable number have left from here to build mission stations into congregations in the outlying areas.

In 2014 the congregation was served by Ministers Mary Sue Benner, Gerald A. Clemmer, Sandra Drescher-Lehman, Tamira Lynn Good, Kirby D. King, and James Finley Laverty. The church had 705 members.


Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Telford, 1937.

Additional Information

Address: 105 W. Chestnut Street, Souderton, PA  18964

Phone: 215-723-3088

Web site:

Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Church USA

Mosaic Mennonite Conference

Ordained Leaders at Souderton Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Provided by Conference 1879-1914
Jacob M. Moyer (1891-1967) 1914-1967
Elmer B. Moyer (1888-1957) 1919-1957
Russel B. Musselman (1912-1998) 1948-1982
Norman E. Yutzy (1930-2000) 1964-1967
Richard C. Detweiler (1924-1991) 1967-1980
Charles B. Mininger (1906-2000) 1973-1975
B. Charles Hostetter (1916-1997, Interim) 1976-1977
Glenn H. Egli (1935-2007) 1979-1984
Gerald A. Clemmer (1954- ) 1983-2014
Samuel Janzen (1921-2012) 1984-1988
Robert N. Johnson (1932-1990) 1989-1990
Steven Nyce 1991-1994
Wallace Jantz 1992-1996
David Greiser 1996-2006
Dan Sell 2003-2009
Mary Sue Benner 2003-2015
Sandra Drescher-Lehman 2001-2016
Gary J. McMichael 2005-2008
Jim Laverty 2007-2016
Jessica Hedrick 2013-2016
Tami Good 2013-2016
Alan Miller (Interim) 2015-January 2016
Tim Bentch December 2015-present
Josh Jefferson 2016-present
Miriam Book (Interim) 2016-present

Membership at Souderton Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1891 75
1915 377
1925 465
1935 510
1945 500
1955 494
1965 457
1975 485
1985 594
1995 691
2005 666
2015 516


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

Author(s) Jacob M Moyer
Date Published April 2014

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Moyer, Jacob M. "Souderton Mennonite Church (Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2014. Web. 22 Jul 2024.,_Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168897.

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Moyer, Jacob M. (April 2014). Souderton Mennonite Church (Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 July 2024, from,_Montgomery_County,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168897.


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