Deep Run Mennonite Church East (Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA)

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The Deep Run Mennonite Meetinghouse, built in 1766 and enlarged in 1795, photographed by Samuel F. DuBois on 26 April 1872, a week before it was razed and replaced with a new building. Scan courtesy [ Mennonite Church USA Archives- Goshen. ] Hist. Mss. 4-154, Box 3/5

The Deep Run Mennonite Church East (Mennonite Church USA), one of the oldest Mennonite congregations in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is located in Perkasie and is affiliated with the Franconia Mennonite Conference. The original log building erected in 1746 was also used as a school until it was razed in 1842. One of the preachers, Samuel Godshalk, was an influential teacher and music instructor in this school. Deep Run has ever since had a strong group of choristers who have left their impress upon congregational singing. Later meetinghouses were erected at the same location in 1842, 1872 and 1949. 

The first preacher and bishop at Deep Run was Abraham Swartz, who served over 50 years. Deep Run, being the oldest of the circuit of three Bucks County congregations, was always the meeting place for the small conference (Kleine Rath) held each spring before the regular conference (Grosse Rath) held at Franconia. It has the distinction of being the only Mennonite Church in the Franconia Conference holding services every Sunday as early as 1847.

Sunday school was not organized until 1904. The German language was continued in services, although English had been introduced much earlier, until the death of John Leatherman in 1925. The Oberholtzer schism of 1847 took some 50 or 60 members, who organized a congregation today known as Deep Run West Mennonite Church, and built a meeting house only a short distance from the old meeting house. In 1927 several members joined an independent group. Though in its earlier history the congregation suffered because of its slowness to change, more recently its leadership has encouraged youth and extension activities. The membership in 2007 was 326.


Wenger, John, Christian. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 1938.

Additional Information

Address: 350 Kellers Church Road, Perkasie, PA 18944

Phone: 215-766-8380

Website: Deep Run Mennonite Church East

Conference Affiliations:

Mennonite Church USA

Franconia Mennonite Conference

Author(s) Quintus Leatherman
Date Published 1956

Cite This Article

MLA style

Leatherman, Quintus. "Deep Run Mennonite Church East (Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 22 Jun 2018.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=94313.

APA style

Leatherman, Quintus. (1956). Deep Run Mennonite Church East (Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 June 2018, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=94313.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 25-26. All rights reserved.

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