Valley View Mennonite Church (Spartansburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
The Britton Run Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church (MC)) was located in Crawford County in northwestern Pennsylvania. In 1931 Amish Mennonite settlers arrived in the vicinity of Britton Run. After J. C. Provins of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, and Will Howitt of Portage County, Ohio, canvassed the community for funds to purchase a deserted church building in the village, the Ohio Mennonite Mission Board helped to organize the congregation and furnished workers. Several Mennonite families from Nebraska joined the settlement. The family of Eli Kramer and others from Madison County, Ohio, came within the next few years. Lewis Kletzly, the first licensed minister, later moved to Beaver Dam, 15 miles (25 km) north. Early workers included Nelson King from Logan County, Ohio, and I. B. Witmer, a nonresident minister from Leetonia, Ohio. The 1953 membership was 60 and the pastor J. W. Birky.
In 1965 the congregation erected a new building on the edge of Spartansburg, Pennsylvania (about four miles from Britton Run), and adopted the name Valley View Mennonite Church.
In 2009 the pastor was Robert E. Esh; there was a membership of 122.
Stoltzfus, Grant M. Mennonites of the Ohio and Eastern Conference; From the Colonial Period in Pennsylvania to 1968. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite history, no. 13. Scottdale, Pa: Herald Press, 1969: 210-211, 306.
Address: 24313 Highway 89 and 77, Spartansburg, Pennsylvania
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 431. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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