Crown Hill Mennonite Church (Rittman, Ohio, USA)
The Crown Hill Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), Wayne County, Ohio, founded by settlers from Switzerland and Upper Alsace in 1825, was first known as Chippewa. It was organized between 1825 and 1834 with Peter Steiner and Daniel Steiner as ministers. This congregation in the earlier years was a part of the Sonnenberg congregation in southern Wayne County. Although the Sonnenberg congregation erected a log meetinghouse in 1834, the Crown Hill group had no separate meetinghouse until 1850. This was erected on the Christian Steiner farm approximately one mile northwest of the present Crown Hill Church. The first church at Crown Hill was erected in 1883. The Sunday school, organized in 1874, at first met violent opposition from the older members because they felt it would mean losing the German language. Among those active in the congregation were C. D. Steiner, D. C. Amstutz, John Amstutz, and Fred Amstutz. The first lay
Gratz, Delbert L. Bernese Anabaptists and Their American Descendants. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite history, no. 8. Goshen, Ind: Mennonite Historical Society, Goshen College, 1994: passim.
Address: 9693 Benner Road, Rittman, Ohio
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