Woodlawn Church (Goshen, Indiana, USA)

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The Woodlawn Amish Mennonite Church near Goshen, Indiana, USA was established in 1959.

The congregation started Old Order Amish persons from the Clinton Township District who were influenced by the Mission Interest Committee founded through the work of Russell Maniaci (1895-1972). The Clinton Amish were always more progressive, having accepted Sunday school in the early 20th century and Bible study groups in the 1940s. They also were more lenient in the use of technology than neighboring Amish groups, with some members using tractors for farming in the 1950s, and the acceptance of automobiles in 1956.

In the 1950s, through the influence of revival meetings and the Missions Interest Committee, members of the Amish community in the Clinton district sorted themselves into like-minded groups. The Woodlawn Amish Mennonite Church was organized in 1959 with 125 members under the leadership of Bishop Elam S. Hochstetler, who had previously been a bishop in the Clinton Old Order Amish community. A church building was erected the same year.

Woodlawn was initially independent, but affiliated with other Beachy Amish congregations in late 1960.

In 2017 the church was a member of the Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship and had a membership of 115. The bishop was Steve L. Miller, and the minister was Dean Miller.


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Additional Information

Address: 62861 CR 41, Goshen, Indiana

Phone: 574-642-3033

Website: http://woodlawn-church.com/

Denominational Affiliations:

Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship


Woodlawn Church

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published March 2018

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