Discovery Bible Fellowship (Collinsville, Oklahoma, USA)
Discovery Bible Fellowship (formerly Collinsville Mennonite Brethren Church) is a member of the Southern District Mennonite Brethren Conference, located south of Collinsville, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, was organized in November 1913 with Benjamin Wedel as the first leader. The first Mennonite settlers of Polish, Russian, and German background came to this community in 1910 from Kansas, Nebraska, and Western Oklahoma. Approximately 20 families met in private homes for worship until permission was secured to meet in the Ellingwood school, 3.5 miles (5.5 km) southwest of Collinsville. On 21 February 1918 it was decided to build a church, but World War I brought persecution for the Mennonites in this community because of the use of the German language and some of the families moved back to their original communities. Building plans, however, went on and in May 1919 services were conducted in the new church for the first time. Membership in 1924 was 100, but had declined to 76 in 1950. Most of the members were farmers at that time. All services by 1950 were conducted in the English language.
In 2011 the lead pastor was Derk Madden.
Address: 11600 North Garnett Road, Collinsville, Oklahoma
Website: Discovery Bible Fellowship
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 641. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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