New Jersey (USA)
New Jersey is located in the Northeastern region of the United States of America. It is bordered on the north by New York, on the east by the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean, on the southwest by Delaware, and on the west by Pennsylvania. The total area is 8,729 square miles (22,608 km²) and in 2008 the state had an estimated population of 8,682,661. In 2001 the religious affiliation of the population of New Jersey was distributed as follows: Catholic 37%; Baptist 8%; Methodist 6%; Christian (no denomination stated) 4%; Jewish 2%; Presbyterian 4%; Lutheran 3%; Episcopalian/Anglican 2%; Protestant 2%; Jehovah's Witness 1%; Mormon/LDS 1%; Muslim/Islamic 1/%; Non-denominational 1%; Pentecostal 1%; Other 4%; None 15%; Refused to identify 5%.
The modern Mennonite presence in New Jersey began with a church planting venture
led by Henry and Ida Swartley at Oxford in Warren County in 1956. In 1988 there
were nine Mennonite congregations in the state affiliated with four different
conferences as follows: Atlantic Coast Conference (MC),
1 congregation, 46 members; Franconia Mennonite Conference (MC),
2, 105; Lancaster Mennonite Conference (MC), 5, 300; Eastern
Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, 1, 30. The Puerto de Sion congregation
in Trenton participated in Concilio Nacional de Iglesias
Menonitas Hispañas. Friendship Mennonite Chapel at Carneys Point was affiliated
with the Afro-American Mennonite Association. Lancaster
Mennonite Conference had three church planting centers at Atlantic City, Camden,
and Mizpah. The Vineland Mennonite congregation sponsored an elementary school
with 21 students (1988).
ARDA: Association of Religion Data Archives. "State Membership Report: New Jersey, Denominational Groups, 2000." http://www.thearda.com/mapsReports/reports/state/34_2000.asp (accessed 19 March 2009).
Horsch, James E., ed. Mennonite Yearbook and Directory. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House (1988-89): 30, 60-70, 105, 122, 173.
Wikipedia. "New Jersey." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey (accessed 19 March 2009).
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 625. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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