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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.

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

Phone: 434-283-5462

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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. 10 Feb 2016.,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=117592.

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Bender, Harold S. and C. L. Ressler. (1959). Bethel Mennonite Church (Gladys, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 February 2016, from,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=117592.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 522, v. 4, p. 1065. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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