Deer Creek Mennonite Church (Deer Creek, Oklahoma, USA)
The Deer Creek Mennonite Church (MC USA), a member of the Western District Conference, was organized on 22 August 1899 by Mennonite pioneers in the settlement of the Cherokee Strip, which was opened in 1893. The first settlers came from Halstead and Moundridge, Kansas, and Donnellson, Iowa. and were mostly of South German background. Some of the common names in the early years were Stauffer, Dester, Krehbiel, Hohmann, Goebel and Lichti.
The group first worshiped in a schoolhouse; it built its first church in 1902, and enlarged it in 1931. On 30 November 1952 a new church was dedicated. The congregation was organized by Elder Wilhelm Galle and the first minister was Chr. H. Goebel, followed by M. S. Moyer, J. C. Peters, F. M. Moyer, J. Lichti, Richard Ratzlaff, Carl Landis, and W. G.Unrau (1954). In 1920 the congregation had a membership of 72, in 1954 a membership 128, and in 2007 it had 69 members.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: I, 390.
Mennonite Weekly Review (January 1953): 4.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 26. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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