North Central Conference of the Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA)
The North Central Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC) was a part of the Missouri-Iowa Conference until the merger in 1920 of all Mennonite (MC) and Amish conferences west of Indiana. It was then organized as the Dakota-Montana Conference in 1921. In 1945, because of its enlarged borders, the name was changed to the North Central Mennonite Conference. This was the smallest of the conferences organized at the time of the merger, and each of the other conferences (four) agreed to send a delegate to the annual conference held the second Thursday in June. In 1946 the Illinois Conference District requested that they be permitted to discontinue sending a delegate because they felt this conference could carry on without their help. The other conferences were still sending delegates in the mid-1950s, and they were greatly appreciated. I. S. Mast served as the only bishop until 1926, when Eli G. Hochstetler was ordained. The district included congregations in eastern Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, having a total membership in 1956 of 766 in 10 congregations and 12 mission outposts, with 4 bishops, 20 ministers and 4 deacons. The district annually sponsored a winter Bible school and a fall mission meeting. After 1945 an annual ministers' conference was held -- FEK.
In 2010 11 congregations were members of the North Central Conference of the Mennonite Church:
|Coalridge Mennonite Church||Dagmar||Montana|
|Exeland Mennonite Church||Exeland||Wisconsin|
|Lake Region Mennonite Church||Ogema||Minnesota|
|Lakeview Mennonite Church||Wolford||North Dakota|
|Red Top Mennonite Church||Bloomfield||Montana|
|Sand Lake Mennonite Chapel||Stone Lake||Wisconsin|
|South Lawrence Mennonite Church||Glen Flora||Wisconsin|
|Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church||Ogema||Minnesota|
|Swiss Mennonite Church||Langdon||North Dakota|
|White Chapel Mennonite Church||Glendive||Montana|
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 915; vol. 5, p. 638. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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