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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;
  • Jacob S. Gerig (1866-1964) of Smithville, Ohio;
  • C. Z. Yoder (1845-1939) of Smithville, Ohio;
  • O. N. Johns (1889-1975) of Louisville, Ohio;
  • Isaiah W. Royer (1873-1968) 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. 22 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eastern_Amish_Mennonite_Conference&oldid=104374.

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Bender, Harold S. (1955). Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Eastern_Amish_Mennonite_Conference&oldid=104374.




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