Stauffer Mennonite Church (Conewago Township, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Stauffer Mennonite Church (MC), a member of the Lancaster Conference, is located near Bachmanville in Conewago Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Michael Shenk, Benjamin Longenecker, John Risser, and the Lehmans were in this area in the latter half of the 18th century. The first meetinghouse was built about 1780. This was a part of the Risser congregation in Lancaster County, sharing its ministry. Before the meetinghouse was built Peter Risser preached for them in private dwellings. It early became a part of the present Noah W. Risser- Clarence E. Lutz Bishop District, with John Mumma as the first resident bishop. The present church was built on the same site in 1918. A well-kept cemetery adjoins the churchyard. The membership in 1957 was 163, with J. Frank Zeager as pastor. An outpost at Sand Beach has developed into a permanent Sunday school and mission at East Hanover.

On 11 January 2013 the church building and cemetery were sold to an Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church (EPMC) congregation known as the Bachmanville Mennonite Church. Following this, the remaining members of Stauffer Mennonite Church met in homes until a final service was held in March 2014. The EPMC congregation adopted the name Stauffer Mennonite Church on 14 May 2017.


Ness, Steve. "Stauffer Mennonite Church." Personal email (3 June 2017).

Additional Information

Address: Met in member homes in the Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania area


Denominational Affiliations: Lancaster Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Author(s) Ira D Landis
Ruth Runion-Slear
Date Published June 2017

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Landis, Ira D and Ruth Runion-Slear. "Stauffer Mennonite Church (Conewago Township, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2017. Web. 29 Jul 2021.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=148760.

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Landis, Ira D and Ruth Runion-Slear. (June 2017). Stauffer Mennonite Church (Conewago Township, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 July 2021, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=148760.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 621. All rights reserved.

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