Stahl Mennonite Church (Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Stahl Mennonite Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in August 1951.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.1-21).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana
Stahl Mennonite Church, 2008.
Source: Church website

Stahl Mennonite Church (MC), located 6 miles south of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a member of the Allegheny Conference, had its first meetinghouse erected in 1882, called "Stahl" because the land was donated by John Stahl. This congregation was served by the Johnstown district ministry.

The point at which it can be considered a separately organized congregation is difficult to determine. The conference minutes speak of a "Johnstown congregation" as late as 1896, although there were at that time four meetinghouses (Blough-1836, Weaver-1855, Thomas-1874, and Stahl-1882), and not until 1900 was mention made of 5 "congregations" or meetinghouses in the Johnstown district (Elton was added in 1899), with a total membership of 487. The first Mennonite Yearbook and Directory (1905) lists Stahl with 176 members and S. G. Shetler (ordained 1897) and S. D. Yoder as ministers. Down to ca. 1940 all the congregations of the Johnstown district had one bishop. Stahl was S. G. Shetler's home congregation, and it was in its meetinghouse that he established (1922) and for many years (1925-35) served as principal of the Johnstown Bible School. Near the church the Johnstown Mennonite School was established in 1944, offering elementary and high-school work. In 1957 the Stahl congregation had a membership of 154, with Sanford G. Shetler as pastor and bishop (ordained 1952).


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Additional Information

Address: 1201 Soap Hollow Road, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15905-8119

Phone: 814-288-5523

Website: Stahl Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliation:

Allegheny Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church (MC)

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Stahl Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Levi A. Blough (1855-1936) 1890-ca. 1900
Samuel G. Shetler (1871-1942)(Deacon)
Levi D. Yoder (Deacon) 1897-1908
Stephen D. Yoder (1868-1937) 1900-1910
William C. Hershberger (1876-1951) 1912-1935
John F. Harsberger (1872-1960)(Deacon) 1913-1945
Loranza Kaufman (1880-1944)(Deacon) 1918-1944
Lloy A. Kniss (1897-1979)
1920-1925, 1942-1943
Sanford G. Shetler (1912-1989)
David C. Alwine (1908-1981) 1943-1951?
Harold E. Thomas (1911-2001) (Deacon) 1946-1950
Levi S. Thomas (1896-1951) (Deacon) 1951
Melvin Nussbaum (1920-1997) (Deacon) 1951-1965
Arthur G. McPhee 1971-1973
Marvin L. Kaufman (1933-2017) (Deacon)
Curtis D. Godshall (1916-1990) 1973-1982
Daryl Alwine (1944-2021) (Deacon) 1981-1985
David S. Mishler (Deacon) 1981-1982
Marlin Shetler (Deacon) 1981-1983
Neil Lehman (Deacon) 1982-1983
Allen Holsopple 1982-1987
Harold A. Shenk 1987-1999
Mary Grace Shenk 1990-1999
Tom Croyle 2002-2008
Joy Cotchen (Youth) 2002-?
Rose Bender (Interim) 2008-2010
Bob Brown 2010-2016
Jayne M. Byler 2017-present

Membership at Stahl Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1916 186
1925 173
1930 166
1940 160
1950 164
1960 154
1970 130
1980 150
1990 87
2000 106
2007 114
2020 70

Author(s) Harold S. Bender
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published 1959

Cite This Article

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Bender, Harold S. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Stahl Mennonite Church (Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 May 2024.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=172470.

APA style

Bender, Harold S. and Samuel J. Steiner. (1959). Stahl Mennonite Church (Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2024, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=172470.


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