Grace Community Fellowship (Manheim, Pennsylvania, USA)
Gantz-Hernley Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), of the vicinity of Manheim, Pennsylvania, a member of Lancaster Mennonite Conference, worshipped in two meetinghouses. The Gantz meetinghouse, a brick building 40 x 60 ft., located 3.5 miles (six km) northwest of Manheim, was built in 1915 on the site of the first church, which had been purchased in 1880. The Hernley church was built one mile (two km) north of Manheim in 1745 on land contributed by the Penns and was enlarged in 1919. In the early 1950s Sunday school and worship services were held every Sunday alternately in the two churches. The membership in 1955 was 256; the ministers were Abram M. Risser and Clyde L. Metzler; the deacons were Isaac E. Tyson and John R. Nissley; the bishop in charge was Homer D. Bomberger. An early division resulted in a considerable loss into the Church of the Brethren.
Before 1960 the joint congregation became two separate congregations -- Hernley Mennonite Church and Gantz Mennonite Church. In the late 1980s it changed its name to Grace Community Fellowship.
Mennonite Yearbook (1968): 68.
Address: 1483 N. Colebrook Road, Manheim, PA 17545
Denominational Affiliations: Lancaster Mennonite Conference
|Author(s)||Ira D Landis|
|Date Published||March 2014|
Cite This Article
Landis, Ira D and Sam Steiner. "Grace Community Fellowship (Manheim, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2014. Web. 20 Feb 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Community_Fellowship_(Manheim,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=116807.
Landis, Ira D and Sam Steiner. (March 2014). Grace Community Fellowship (Manheim, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 February 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Community_Fellowship_(Manheim,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=116807.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol.2, pp. 438-439. All rights reserved.
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