Springfield Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church (Marion County, Kansas, USA)
Springfield Krimmer Mennonite Brethren (KMB) Church, located in the western part of Marion County, 5 miles southwest of Lehigh, Kansas, was organized on 2 April 1902, with David P. Schroeder as elder, ordained on 24 January 1904, by Jacob A. Wiebe, the elder of the Gnadenau KMB Church and founder of the KMB Church. P. A. Wiebe was elected as assistant minister, and later served as elder. The Springfield community was settled in the 1870s by a dozen members of the Gnadenau Church, nine miles east, who in 1878 began to have their own worship services in their homes. As a result of two revivals soon after the organization, about 60 members were added to the church.
The church building was constructed in 1894, and, with additions made later, was still in use in 1949. A small stream fed by an incessant spring, from which the church receives its name, runs across the churchyard; in it the church has practiced immersion by kneeling and dipping forward. Communion is observed with footwashing four times a year. Most members are farmers.
Other ministers and leaders of the church have been Isbrand Harder, H. V. Wiebe, J. T. Krause, J. E. Plett, W. W. Harms, David V. Wiebe, C. F. Plett, and Franklin Wiebe, the pastor in 1956. The membership in 1956 was 77. The first missionaries of the KMB Church, P. V. Wiebe and H. V. Wiebe, came from this congregation.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 602. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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