Bethel Mennonite Church (Gladys, Virginia, USA)

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Bethel Mennonite Church (formerly Gladys Conservative Amish Mennonite Church, then Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church) is located at two miles north of Gladys, Virginia, and 18 miles (30 km) south of Lynchburg, Virginia. The first families moved into the community in 1944 (D. K. Yoder and C. L. Ressler), and C. L. Ressler was the minister for the first seven years when meetings were held in his home. The meetinghouse was built in 1953. In 1959 the membership was 22, with Milton A. Hostedler as pastor. Initially it was part of the Conservative Mennonite Conference.

In 2006 the congregation was an unaffiliated Mennonite congregation with a membership of 96. In 2014 membership was 129. The church was served by Bishop Leon Yoder, Ministers Jerrill Schrock, Sam Troyer, and Ernest "Sonny" Yoder, and Deacon Rich Bowman.

Additional Information

Address: 5946 Brookneal Highway, Gladys, VA 24554-2609

Phone: 434-283-5462


Map:Bethel Mennonite Church (Gladys, Virginia)

Author(s) Harold S. Bender
C. L. Ressler
Date Published 1959

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Bender, Harold S. and C. L. Ressler. "Bethel Mennonite Church (Gladys, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 Apr 2018.,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=146914.

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Bender, Harold S. and C. L. Ressler. (1959). Bethel Mennonite Church (Gladys, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 April 2018, from,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=146914.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 522, v. 4, p. 1065. All rights reserved.

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