New Friedensberg Mennonite Church (Vona, Colorado, USA)

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The New Friedensberg building in 2009. Photo by Adalbert Goertz.

New Friedensberg Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite) was located seven miles (11 km) south and 1.5 miles (2.5 km) west of Vona, Colorado. The congregation was organized in 9 August 1908 and the church built in 1912. The building held 100 chairs, but throughout its history, the congregation reached a maximum membership of about 30 members.

The settlement began when the Cornelius B. Schultz, Andrew B. Becker, and Benjamin H. Boese families moved to the Vona area from South Dakota in 1907.

New Friedensberg had 20 members in 1959. The congregation last sent a representative to the Western District Conference in 1969, though services led by lay leaders may have continued for a few years. Even in the early 1980s a few families still used the building for Bible study and funerals.


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Haury, David A. Prairie People: a History of the Western District Conference. Newton, KS: Faith and Life Press, 1981: 136, 454.

Additional Information

Pastors at New Friedensberg Church

Pastor Years of Service
H. U. Schmidt 1918-1924
A. L. Boese 1925-1927
J. J. Boese 1927-1928
J. H. Epp


Lamont Woelk


Leonard Ewert 1952
J. W. Bergen 1956-1963


Map:New Friedensberg Mennonite Church (Vona, Colorado-2)

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Sam Steiner
Date Published October 2009

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Gingerich, Melvin and Sam Steiner. "New Friedensberg Mennonite Church (Vona, Colorado, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2009. Web. 19 Jun 2018.,_Colorado,_USA)&oldid=95945.

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Gingerich, Melvin and Sam Steiner. (October 2009). New Friedensberg Mennonite Church (Vona, Colorado, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 June 2018, from,_Colorado,_USA)&oldid=95945.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1112. All rights reserved.

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