Washington Mennonite Church (Washington, Iowa, USA)

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The Eureka Mennonite Church near Washington, Iowa, USA, began when eight families from the Bethel Mennonite Church agreed to become a nucleus of a new congregation. It held its first service on 6 April 1958. It joined the Iowa-Nebraska Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC) later that year.

The congregation grew in its rural location. It dedicated a new church within the city of Washington (population around 6300 in 1970) on 24 October 1971. At that time, it changed its name to Washington Mennonite Church.

As part of the realignment of the Mennonite Church (MC) and General Conference Mennonite Church into Mennonite Church USA, Washington Mennonite was among the congregations that joined the new Central Plains Mennonite Conference in 2000.

In 2023 the congregation remained part of the Central Plains Conference of Mennonite Church USA.


"Eighty people attended...." Gospel Herald 51, no. 16 (22 April 1958): 384.

Yoder, Holly Blosser. The same spirit: History of Iowa-Nebraska Mennonites. Freeman, S.D.: Central Plains Mennonite Conference, 2003: 271, 275.

Additional Information

Address: 815 East Polk Street, Washington, Iowa 52353

Phone: 319-653-6041

Website: https://washmenno.weebly.com/

Denominational Affiliations: Central Plains Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Washington Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Vernon E. Roth (1909-1992) 1958-1971
Dennis M. Good 1971-1974?
Robert L. Hartzler (1936-2022) 1974-1986
Wilbur G. Nachtigall (1918-2003)(Interim) 1985
Herbert L. Yoder (1929-2021) 1986-1990
Jon Widmer 1985?-1988?
Timothy R. Detweiler (1951-2023) 1990-2010?
Grant Nebel 2000-2016
Amanda Beachy Bleichty 2011-2018
Pam Gerig-Unruh (Interim) 2019-2020
Nicholas L. Detweiler-Stoddard 2020-

Membership at Washington Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1958 35
1960 34
1970 41
1980 100
1990 132
2000 124
2009 123
2020 118

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Melvin Gingerich. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1083. All rights reserved.

Eureka Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), Washington, Iowa, was organized in 1958 with 35 charter members. Vernon Roth is its pastor. The congregation purchased an abandoned church a few miles south of the city for its meetinghouse.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published July 2023

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Steiner, Samuel J. (July 2023). Washington Mennonite Church (Washington, Iowa, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 February 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Washington_Mennonite_Church_(Washington,_Iowa,_USA)&oldid=176264.

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