Barker Street Amish Mennonite Church (St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA)

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The Barker Street Amish Mennonite Church, now extinct, was established about 1860 in St. Joseph County, Michigan, near Vistula, Indiana. It is reported that the first settlers who formed this congregation bore the following names: Hartzler, Hooley, King, Kauffman, Plank, Warey, [[Yoder (Ioder, Joder, Jodter, Jotter, Yoeder, Yother, Yothers, Yotter)|Yoder]], and Zook. One of the first ministers, Joseph Kauffman, moved from Barker Street to the Hawpatch congregation, Topeka, Indiana, about 1863. Another person who left Barker Street was Deacon Christian Warey (1832-1914); he ultimately settled in Iowa and later became bishop of the East Union congregation there. In 1876 Bishop C. D. Beery of Branch County, Michigan, ordained Harvey Friesner to the ministry to serve Barker Street. The meetinghouse was built in 1893. Ultimately Barker Street was under the joint care of the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite (MC) and Indiana-Michigan Amish Mennonite conferences. The last minister ordained at Barker Street was W. W. Oesch in 1914. Internal difficulties in the congregation in 1923 contributed to its dissolution shortly thereafter.


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Author(s) John C Wenger
Date Published 1953

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Wenger, John C. "Barker Street Amish Mennonite Church (St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 24 May 2018.,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=90989.

APA style

Wenger, John C. (1953). Barker Street Amish Mennonite Church (St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 May 2018, from,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=90989.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 234-235. All rights reserved.

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