Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference
The Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, one of three (the others Indiana-Michigan Amish Mennonite, and Western Amish Mennonite) conferences (Mennonite Church) organized among the more progressive Amish Mennonite congregations after the Amish Mennonite General Conferences (Diener-Versammlungen) of 1862-1878 had been discontinued. The Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, covering the territory east of Indiana, actually Ohio and Pennsylvania, was organized in 1893 and held its last session in May 1927. The formal merger with the Ohio Mennonite Conference to form the Ohio Mennonite and Eastern Amish Mennonite Joint Conference took place on 9 December 1927.
In 1927 it had 19 organized congregations (several had more than one meetinghouse) with a baptized membership of 5,187. Ten of these were in Ohio (Fulton County at three places, Oak Grove and South Union at West Liberty, Walnut Creek and Martin’s Creek in Holmes County, Oak Grove and Orrville in Wayne County, Beech in Stark County, Plain View in Portage County, East Orwell in Ashtabula County) and nine in Pennsylvania (Conestoga and Millwood-Maple Grove in Lancaster County; Allensville and Belleville in Mifflin County with nearby Mattawana; Maple Grove in the west at New Wilmington; Westover, Maryland; and the small congregations at Oyster Point, Virginia, and Long Green, Maryland) The conference customarily met annually the last week in May. It contained an unusual number of large and strong congregations with many able leaders both in the conference and in general church work. Among these were John S. Mast (1861-1951) of Morgantown, Pennsylvania; S. E. Allgyer (1859-1953) and A. I. Yoder (1866-1932) of West Liberty, Ohio; E. B. Stoltzfus (1860-1942) of Aurora, Ohio; E. L. Frey (1856-1942) of Wauseon, Ohio; J. S. Gerig (1866- ) and C. Z. Yoder (1845-1939) of Smithville, Ohio; O. N. Johns (1889-1975) of Louisville, Ohio; I. W. Royer (1873- ) of Orrville, Ohio, and Aaron Mast (1880- ) of Belleville, Pennsylvania.
Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1893-1911 (Sugarcreek, Ohio, 1911).
Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1912-1919 (Sugarcreek, 1920).
Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1920-1924 (Scottdale, 1924).
Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1926 (West Liberty, 1926).
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 130-131. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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