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The Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, one of three (the others [[Indiana-Michigan Amish Mennonite Conference|Indiana-Michigan Amish Mennonite]], and [[Western District Amish Mennonite Conference|Western Amish Mennonite]]) conferences ([[Mennonite Church (MC)|Mennonite Church]]) organized among the more progressive [[Amish Mennonites|Amish Mennonite]] congregations after the Amish Mennonite General Conferences <em>([[Diener-Versammlungen|Diener-Versammlungen]]) </em>of 1862-1878 had been discontinued. The Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, covering the territory east of [[Indiana (USA)|Indiana]], actually [[Ohio (State)|Ohio]] and [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], was organized in 1893 and held its last session in May 1927. The formal merger with the [[Ohio Mennonite Conference|Ohio Mennonite Conference]] to form the [[Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference (MC)|Ohio Mennonite and Eastern Amish Mennonite Joint Conference]] took place on 9 December 1927.
 
The Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, one of three (the others [[Indiana-Michigan Amish Mennonite Conference|Indiana-Michigan Amish Mennonite]], and [[Western District Amish Mennonite Conference|Western Amish Mennonite]]) conferences ([[Mennonite Church (MC)|Mennonite Church]]) organized among the more progressive [[Amish Mennonites|Amish Mennonite]] congregations after the Amish Mennonite General Conferences <em>([[Diener-Versammlungen|Diener-Versammlungen]]) </em>of 1862-1878 had been discontinued. The Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, covering the territory east of [[Indiana (USA)|Indiana]], actually [[Ohio (State)|Ohio]] and [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], was organized in 1893 and held its last session in May 1927. The formal merger with the [[Ohio Mennonite Conference|Ohio Mennonite Conference]] to form the [[Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference (MC)|Ohio Mennonite and Eastern Amish Mennonite Joint Conference]] took place on 9 December 1927.
  
In 1927 it had 19 organized congregations (several had more than one meetinghouse) with a baptized membership of 5,187. Ten of these were in Ohio ([[Fulton County (Ohio, USA)|Fulton County]] at three places, [[Oak Grove Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Champaign County, Ohio, USA)|Oak Grove]] and South Union at [[West Liberty (Ohio, USA)|West Liberty]], [[Walnut Creek Mennonite Church (Walnut Creek, Ohio, USA)|Walnut Creek]] and [[Martins Creek Mennonite Church (Millersburg, Ohio)|Martin’s Creek]] in [[Holmes County (Ohio, USA)|Holmes County]], [[Oak Grove Mennonite Church (Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio, USA)|Oak Grove]] and [[Orrville Mennonite Church (Orrville, Ohio, USA)|Orrville]] in [[Wayne County (Ohio, USA)|Wayne County]], [[Beech Mennonite Church (Louisville, Ohio, USA)|Beech]] in Stark County, Plain View in Portage County, East Orwell in Ashtabula County) and nine in Pennsylvania ([[Conestoga Mennonite Church (Morgantown, Pennsylvania, USA)|Conestoga]] and [[Millwood Mennonite Church (Gap, Pennsylvania, USA)|Millwood]]-[[Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA)|Maple Grove]] in [[Lancaster County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Lancaster County]]; [[Allensville Mennonite Church (Allensville, Pennsylvania, USA)|Allensville]] and Belleville in [[Mifflin County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Mifflin County]] with nearby [[Mattawana Mennonite Church (Lewistown, Pennsylvania, USA)|Mattawana]]; [[Maple Grove Mennonite Church (New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, USA)|Maple Grove]] in the west at New Wilmington; Westover, [[Maryland (USA)|Maryland]]; and the small congregations at Oyster Point, [[Virginia (USA)|Virginia]], and [[Long Green Amish Mennonite Church (Baltimore County, Maryland, USA)|Long Green]], Maryland) The conference customarily met annually the last week in May. It contained an unusual number of large and strong congregations with many able leaders both in the conference and in general church work. Among these were [[Mast, John S. (1861-1951)|John S. Mast]] (1861-1951) of Morgantown, Pennsylvania; [[Allgyer, Samuel Evans (1859-1953)|S. E. Allgyer]] (1859-1953) and A. I. Yoder (1866-1932) of West Liberty, Ohio; E. B. Stoltzfus (1860-1942) of Aurora, Ohio; E. L. Frey (1856-1942) of Wauseon, Ohio; J. S. Gerig (1866- ) and [[Yoder, Christian Z. (1845-1939)|C. Z. Yoder]] (1845-1939) of Smithville, Ohio; [[Johns, Otis N. (1889-1975) |O. N. Johns]] (1889-1975) of Louisville, Ohio; I. W. Royer (1873- ) of Orrville, Ohio, and Aaron Mast (1880- ) of Belleville, Pennsylvania.
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In 1927 it had 19 organized congregations (several had more than one meetinghouse) with a baptized membership of 5,187. Ten of these were in Ohio:
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* ([[Fulton County (Ohio, USA)|Fulton County]] at three places;
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* [[Oak Grove Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Champaign County, Ohio, USA)|Oak Grove]] at [[West Liberty (Ohio, USA)|West Liberty]];
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* [[South Union Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Ohio, USA)|South Union]] at [[West Liberty (Ohio, USA)|West Liberty]];
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* [[Walnut Creek Mennonite Church (Walnut Creek, Ohio, USA)|Walnut Creek]] in [[Holmes County (Ohio, USA)|Holmes County]];
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* [[Martins Creek Mennonite Church (Millersburg, Ohio)|Martin’s Creek]] in [[Holmes County (Ohio, USA)|Holmes County]];
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* [[Oak Grove Mennonite Church (Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio, USA)|Oak Grove]] in [[Wayne County (Ohio, USA)|Wayne County]];
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* [[Orrville Mennonite Church (Orrville, Ohio, USA)|Orrville]] in [[Wayne County (Ohio, USA)|Wayne County]];
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* [[Beech Mennonite Church (Louisville, Ohio, USA)|Beech]] in Stark County;
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* Plain View in [[Portage County (Ohio, USA)|Portage County]];
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* East Orwell in Ashtabula County.
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Nine were in Pennsylvania:
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* ([[Conestoga Mennonite Church (Morgantown, Pennsylvania, USA)|Conestoga]] in [[Lancaster County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Lancaster County]];
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* [[Millwood Mennonite Church (Gap, Pennsylvania, USA)|Millwood]]-[[Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA)|Maple Grove]] in [[Lancaster County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Lancaster County]];  
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* [[Allensville Mennonite Church (Allensville, Pennsylvania, USA)|Allensville]] in [[Mifflin County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Mifflin County]];
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* Belleville in [[Mifflin County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Mifflin County]];
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* [[Mattawana Mennonite Church (Lewistown, Pennsylvania, USA)|Mattawana]];  
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* [[Maple Grove Mennonite Church (New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, USA)|Maple Grove]] in the west at New Wilmington;  
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* Westover, [[Maryland (USA)|Maryland]];  
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* Oyster Point, [[Virginia (USA)|Virginia]];
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* [[Long Green Amish Mennonite Church (Baltimore County, Maryland, USA)|Long Green]], Maryland.
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The conference customarily met annually the last week in May. It contained an unusual number of large and strong congregations with many able leaders both in the conference and in general church work. Among these were:
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* [[Mast, John S. (1861-1951)|John S. Mast]] (1861-1951) of Morgantown, Pennsylvania;  
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* [[Allgyer, Samuel Evans (1859-1953)|S. E. Allgyer]] (1859-1953) of Aurora, Ohio;
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* A. I. Yoder (1866-1932) of West Liberty, Ohio; E. B. Stoltzfus (1860-1942) of Aurora, Ohio;  
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* E. L. Frey (1856-1942) of Wauseon, Ohio; J. S. Gerig (1866- ) of Smithville, Ohio;
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* [[Yoder, Christian Z. (1845-1939)|C. Z. Yoder]] (1845-1939) of Smithville, Ohio;  
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* [[Johns, Otis N. (1889-1975) |O. N. Johns]] (1889-1975) of Louisville, Ohio;  
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* I. W. Royer (1873- ) of Orrville, Ohio;
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* Aaron Mast (1880- ) of Belleville, Pennsylvania.
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
<em>Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1893-1911 </em>(Sugarcreek, Ohio, 1911).
 
<em>Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1893-1911 </em>(Sugarcreek, Ohio, 1911).

Revision as of 06:23, 27 November 2013

The Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, one of three (the others Indiana-Michigan Amish Mennonite, and Western Amish Mennonite) conferences (Mennonite Church) organized among the more progressive Amish Mennonite congregations after the Amish Mennonite General Conferences (Diener-Versammlungen) of 1862-1878 had been discontinued. The Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference, covering the territory east of Indiana, actually Ohio and Pennsylvania, was organized in 1893 and held its last session in May 1927. The formal merger with the Ohio Mennonite Conference to form the Ohio Mennonite and Eastern Amish Mennonite Joint Conference took place on 9 December 1927.

In 1927 it had 19 organized congregations (several had more than one meetinghouse) with a baptized membership of 5,187. Ten of these were in Ohio:

Nine were in Pennsylvania:

The conference customarily met annually the last week in May. It contained an unusual number of large and strong congregations with many able leaders both in the conference and in general church work. Among these were:

  • John S. Mast (1861-1951) of Morgantown, Pennsylvania;
  • S. E. Allgyer (1859-1953) of Aurora, Ohio;
  • A. I. Yoder (1866-1932) of West Liberty, Ohio; E. B. Stoltzfus (1860-1942) of Aurora, Ohio;
  • E. L. Frey (1856-1942) of Wauseon, Ohio; J. S. Gerig (1866- ) of Smithville, Ohio;
  • C. Z. Yoder (1845-1939) of Smithville, Ohio;
  • O. N. Johns (1889-1975) of Louisville, Ohio;
  • I. W. Royer (1873- ) of Orrville, Ohio;
  • Aaron Mast (1880- ) of Belleville, Pennsylvania.

Bibliography

Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1893-1911 (Sugarcreek, Ohio, 1911).

Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1912-1919 (Sugarcreek, 1920).

Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1920-1924 (Scottdale, 1924).

Report of the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Constitution and Appendix 1926 (West Liberty, 1926).


Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1955


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Bender, Harold S. "Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 28 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eastern_Amish_Mennonite_Conference&oldid=104372.

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Bender, Harold S. (1955). Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eastern_Amish_Mennonite_Conference&oldid=104372.




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