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Bethany Mennonite Church, Briery Branch, Virginia.
Photo by Elwood Yoder; used with permission.
Source: Mennonite Archive of Virginia

Bethany Mennonite Church (formerly Mennonite Church, now Southeastern Mennonite Conference), located in the Briery Branch Gap, four miles (six km) southwest of Spring Creek, Ashby District, Rockingham County, Virginia, was a local mission congregation of the Middle District of the Virginia Mennonite Conference. The church was founded in 1910 and land was purchased for the church in 1913. There were 18 baptized members in the early 1950s.

In 2014 the church had 56 members and was served by Bishop Clair J. Heatwole, Ministers David F. Showalter and Jonathan Burkholder, and Deacon Allen D. Good.

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Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 126.

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Address: 7349 Briery Branch Road, Dayton, VA

Denominational Affiliation:

Virginia Mennonite Conference (MC)

Mennonite Church (MC)

Southeastern Mennonite Conference

Author(s) Harry A Brunk
Date Published 1953

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MLA style

Brunk, Harry A. "Bethany Mennonite Church (Briery Branch Gap, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 27 May 2015.,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=117469.

APA style

Brunk, Harry A. (1953). Bethany Mennonite Church (Briery Branch Gap, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 May 2015, from,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=117469.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 303. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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