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The Clearfork Amish Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), now extinct, was organized in Cass County, Missouri, in 1868, by settlers who had come from Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. After worshiping in their homes for several years, they built the Clearfork Church in 1870. In the winter of 1875-1876, a church split divided the congregation into two factions, the more liberal, known as the "Eicher people," finally obtaining control of the church building. The conservative group then built the Sycamore Grove Church. The Eicher group (see Benjamin Eicher) finally disbanded, although from among their members, through the preaching of John S. Coffman, were recruited a nucleus who established the Bethel Mennonite Church.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1953

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Clearfork Amish Mennonite Church (Cass County, Missouri, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 1 Dec 2015.,_Missouri,_USA)&oldid=62922.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1953). Clearfork Amish Mennonite Church (Cass County, Missouri, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 December 2015, from,_Missouri,_USA)&oldid=62922.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 620. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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