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The New York Groffdale Old Order Mennonite settlement started in 1974 within the counties of Yates and Ontario. Since its founding, the population has spread 50 miles (80 km) from the north to the south. As of 1 January 2011 there were six meetinghouses within this settlement and approximately 498 households. 

[edit] Milo Old Order Meetinghouse 

The Milo meetinghouse was this settlement’s first meetinghouse. It is a wood frame building erected along Sutherland Road in 1976. It measures 50 feet by 60 feet. As of 1 January 2011 the following ministry team served the congregation--the presiding bishop was Rufus M. Burkholder (ordained minister, 1976; bishop, 2003). The ministers were Melvin B. Hoover (ordained 1987) and Noah B. Hoover (ordained 2004). The deacon was Leroy M. Shirk (ordained 1977). 

[edit] Benton Old Order Meetinghouse

The Benton meetinghouse was erected along Baldwin Road. It is a wood frame meetinghouse that was built to accommodate the population growth in the northern end of the settlement. It was expanded in 1996 and measured 56 feet by 96 feet. As of 1 January 2011 the following ministry team served the congregation--the presiding bishop was Samuel M. Hoover (ordained minister, 1983; bishop, 1987). The ministers were Weaver B. Shirk (ordained 1989), Laurence Z. Leid (ordained 2005), and retired minister Daniel H. Martin (ordained 1962). The deacon was Nelson M. Zimmerman (ordained 2003). 

[edit] Gravel Run Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse

The Gravel Run meetinghouse is a wood frame building which was erected along Ray Crosby Road in 1991. It is situated at the southern end of the settlement. It was only the third meetinghouse to be built within this settlement and was not as large as some of the other meetinghouses. In 2003, it was enlarged to the size of 56 feet by 96 feet. As of 1 January 2011 the following ministry team served the congregation--the presiding bishop was Rufus M. Burkholder, the ministers were Mahlon N. Hoover (ordained 1991) and James Z. Eberly (ordained 1992), and the deacon was Edward S. Nolt (ordained 1993). 

[edit] Rushville Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse

The Rushville meetinghouse is a wood frame building constructed along Waters Road in 1993. Its dimensions are 56 feet by 60 feet. It was necessitated by continued northward expansion of the settlement. As of 1 January 2011 the following ministry team served the congregation--the presiding bishop was Samuel M. Hoover, the ministers were Daniel N. Nolt (ordained 1993) and David L. Zimmerman (ordained 1995), and the deacon was Cleason M. Horst (ordained 1994). 

[edit] Sugar Creek Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse

The Sugar Creek meetinghouse, a wood frame structure, was erected along Hamm Road in 2002. Its measurements were 56 feet by 72 feet. It was necessitated by the population expansion at the western end of the settlement. As of 1 January 2011 the following ministry team served the congregation--the presiding bishop was Samuel M. Hoover, the ministers were Joseph H. Fox (ordained 2002) and Leonard W. Zimmerman (ordained 2010), and the deacon was Mahlon Z. Horning (ordained 1988). 

[edit] East View Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse

The East View meetinghouse is a frame meetinghouse with the measurements of 56 feet by 96 feet. It was built along Lakemont-Himrod Road in 2010. It was built to relieve overcrowding in the Gravel Run meetinghouse at the southern end of the settlement. As of 1 January 2011 the following ministry team served the congregation--the presiding bishop was Rufus M. Burkholder; there were no other ordained ministers at that time. 

[edit] The Malone settlement

The Malone settlement, located in Franklin County, is a daughter settlement that was started by families from the original Yates-Ontario counties settlement. At the start of 2011, there were 13 households, but they had no ordained ministry and no meetinghouse.

[edit] Bibliography

Groffdale Conference Mennonite Church Schedules.

Records of ordinations of the Old Order Mennonites, Groffdale Conference churches, 1750 to 2010. East Earl, PA: [Earl Z. Weaver?], 2010.


Author(s) Jonathan H Martin
Date Published February 2012


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Martin, Jonathan H. "New York Old Order Mennonite Settlement (New York, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2012. Web. 16 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=New_York_Old_Order_Mennonite_Settlement_(New_York,_USA)&oldid=102349.

APA style

Martin, Jonathan H. (February 2012). New York Old Order Mennonite Settlement (New York, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=New_York_Old_Order_Mennonite_Settlement_(New_York,_USA)&oldid=102349.




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