Valley View Mennonite Church (Criders, Virginia, USA)
Valley View Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA) is located in Criders, Virginia. The congregation began to form around 1880 as one of several schoolhouse groups to which Northern District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference preachers ministered. In 1911 Bishop Timothy Showalter, Ashby Smith, and Joseph W. Stultz guided the merger of these groups to form Valley View Mennonite Church, which provided a central location for worship and nurture. In 1922 a frame church was built to accommodate the growing congregation.
Will Yankey was installed in 1930 as the first pastor of Valley View. During the two prior decades, Bishops Samuel Shank and Timothy Showalter provided leadership. In 1957 the membership had grown to 92. A restroom, front porch, new entrance area, and three Sunday school classrooms were added in 1962. A fellowship hall, kitchen and additional restrooms were built in 1989.
During the 1990s Valley View’s fellowship hall served as a meeting place for youth in the community. In 2000 Valley View began collaborating with other local churches to provide a food pantry in this rural area.
Pastor H. Michael Shenk III served a congregation of 57 members in 2015. At that time the congregation worshiped in a traditional style. Ninety-five percent of the congregants identified as white.
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Address: PO Box 20, Criders, VA 22820-0020
Location: 21806 Criders Road, Criders, Virginia
Valley View Mennonite Church Bishops and Ministers
|Samuel Shank, Bishop||1911-1916|
|Timothy Showalter, Bishop||1916-1930|
|J. L. Stauffer, Bishop||1916-1930|
|Will Yahkey, Minister||1930-1939|
|J. Ward Shank, Bishop||1941-1975|
|Ray Emswiler, Minister||1941-1975|
|Moses Selvaraj, Assistant Pastor||early 1970s|
|Kauffman, Assistant Pastor||1973-1974|
|H. Michael Shenk, Jr., Minister||1975-2012|
|H. Michael Shenk III, Minister||1997-present|
|Date Published||December 2015|
Cite This Article
Showalter, Timothy and David Wood. "Valley View Mennonite Church (Criders, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2015. Web. 31 Mar 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Valley_View_Mennonite_Church_(Criders,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=139499.
Showalter, Timothy and David Wood. (December 2015). Valley View Mennonite Church (Criders, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 March 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Valley_View_Mennonite_Church_(Criders,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=139499.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 798. All rights reserved.
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