Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church (Inman, Kansas, USA)
|Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, Inman, Kansas, 1898
Source: Heinrich M. "Henry" Boese (1862-1957) Collection
Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church near Inman, Kansas, was organized on 22 February 1875 after the arrival of a group of immigrants who originally belonged to the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in Russia. They crossed the Atlantic on the Teutonia under the leadership of Dietrich Gaeddert, arriving in New York on 2 September 1874, settling on some 35 sections of land in Harvey, McPherson, and Reno counties near Buhler. After their arrival the meetings were held in the immigrant house (1874-1880), which was destroyed by a tornado. On 2 October 1880 the cornerstone was laid for the first building made of adobe, which was completed on 19 December. This building was replaced in 1898 by a wooden structure, which was destroyed by fire in 1948 and replaced by a brick building in 1949. The change from the use of the German to English in worship took place after World War I.
The congregation was the first Mennonite church in the Buhler-Inman area; from it have been organized the Buhler Mennonite Church, 1920, and Inman Mennonite Church, 1921. Dietrich Gaeddert was elected elder on 19 April 1876 and served the congregation in this capacity until he died 4 December 1900. Between that time and 1954 the following served as elders: Abraham Ratzlaff 1901-1924, A. J. Dyck 1925-1946, and Albert Gaeddert 1946- . The congregation had a membership of 369 in 1954.
In 2007 the membership was 245; Willmar T. Harder served as pastor.
Dyck, A. J. "Hoffnungsau in Kansas." Mennonite Life (October 1949): 18 ff.
Address: 43 13th Ave, Inman, Kansas
Website: Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 778. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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