Swanton Mennonite Fellowship (Swanton, Maryland, USA)

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Swanton Mennonite Fellowship Church is located in Swanton, Maryland, USA. The church originated in 1985 as an outreach of families from a variety of locations. The first ordained person to help organize the congregation was John Smucker from the Gospel Light Fellowship.

The first services were held 31 March 1985, with formal organization taking place 23 June 1985. Initially the congregation met in Deer Park, Maryland and Mountain Lake Park, Maryland before building a meetinghouse at Swanton in 1986.

In 2001 a division occurred when Bishop Millard Yoder and eight families withdrew to form a separate group that ultimately did not survive.

In 2018 the church had 61 members and was a member of the Mennonite Christian Fellowship. The ministerial team included Bishop Eli A. Hershberger, Ministers Jason E. Kanagy and Urie Kanagy, and Deacons Isaac S. Stoltzfus and John Beiler.


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Additional Information

Address: 580 O'Brien Road, Swanton, MD

Phone: 301-387-4380

Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Christian Fellowship

Ordained Ministers at the Swanton Mennonite Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
Millard Yoder
Urie Kanagy 1988-2010?
Eli A. Hershberger (Bishop) 2008-present
John Beiler 2010?-2016
Jason Kanagy 2016-present


Swanton Mennonite Fellowship Church

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published October 2018

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Thiessen, Richard D and Samuel J. Steiner. "Swanton Mennonite Fellowship (Swanton, Maryland, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2018. Web. 21 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Swanton_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Swanton,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=165938.

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Thiessen, Richard D and Samuel J. Steiner. (October 2018). Swanton Mennonite Fellowship (Swanton, Maryland, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Swanton_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Swanton,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=165938.

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