Winton Mennonite Brethren Church (Winton, California, USA)
Winton Mennonite Brethren Church, located at Winton, California, was organized on 9 June 1922 as the Livingston Mennonite Brethren Church in Livingston, California under the leadership of J. M. Enns. The congregation relocated to the nearby town of Winton in 1924 and took the name Winton Mennonite Brethren Church. The membership in 1957 was 51, with Menno A. Shellenberg as pastor. In 1958 the church moved to Atwater and changed its name to Atwater Mennonite Brethren Church. In the mid-1960s the congregation merged with the Sharon Mennonite Church and the Bethel Mennonite Church (both of Winton). This new group eventually came to be known as the Atwater United Mennonite Church, though the Mennonite Brethren members did not relinquish their original conference identity until the 1980s. The Atwater United Mennonite Church closed in 1989. For some years in the 1960s, the Atwater Mennonite Brethren Church used the name Atwater Missionary Brethren Church.
Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Fresno, Calif.). “Atwater Mennonite Brethren Church (Atwater, Calif.).” Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Fresno, Calif.). http://www.fresno.edu/sharedmedia/library/cb502.pdf (accessed 9 May 2008).
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 964. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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