Plains Mennonite Church (Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA)
Plains (for a time Plain) Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), located in Hatfield Township, west of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, is a congregation in the Franconia Mennonite Conference. The name is derived from the plain on which Lansdale is built. The first log school and meetinghouse was built between 1760 and 1769 on land contributed by Henry Frey. It remained in use until 1813, when a stone meetinghouse was built. A third stone building was erected in 1867, and the present stone (white stucco) building in 1922, Before the Revolutionary War the circuit system was in use. Bishop Isaac Kolb (1711-1776) is thought to have considered this his home church after 1764. He was ordained bishop in 1761. The first minister definitely known to have been or dained for this church was Jacob Krupp (1799-1842), ordained in 1816. Others who served this church were Joseph Cassel (1799-1868); Jacob Kulp (1798-1875), ordained minister 1838 and bishop in 1843; Jacob C. Loux (1822-95), ordained minister 1867; Henry Godshall (1834-1908), ordained 1874, relieved in 1905; Jonas Mininger (1852-1937), ordained minister 1895, bishop in 1905; Jacob C. Clemens (b. 1874), ordained 1906; John E. Lapp (1905-1988), ordained minister 1933, bishop 1937; Wayne Kratz (b. 1913), ordained 1949. Burials were made in the cemetery as early as about 1764. A Sunday school was organized in 1888. The last three of the above ministers were still serving in 1956, with a membership of 254.
Lichty, Richard J. Meetinghouse on the plain: Plains Mennonite congregation remembering 250 years. Hatfield, Pa.: The Congregation, 2015.
Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Telford, 1937: 163-66.
Address: 50 W. Orvilla Road, Hatfield, PA 19440
'Phone'Bold text: 215-362-7640
Website: Plains Mennonite Church
Plains Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders
|Isaac Kolb (1711-1776, Bishop)||1764-1776|
|David Ruth (d. 1820)||?-1801|
|John Krupp (1779-1842)||1816-1842|
|Joseph Cassel (1799-1868)||?-1868|
|Jacob Kulp (1798-1875)||1838-1875|
|Jacob C. Loux (1822-1895)||1867-1895|
|Henry Godshall (1834-1908)||1874-1905|
|Jonas Mininger (1852-1937)||1895-1937|
|Jacob C. Clemens (1874-1965)||1906-1965|
|John E. Lapp (1905-1988)||1933-1988|
|Harvey Paul Yoder||1966-1969|
|Ross T. Bender (Associate)||1970-1971|
|Charles Shenk (Interim)||1972-1973|
|Richard J. Lichty||1985-1986|
|Michael A. Meneses||1992-1998|
|Hubert Schwartzentruber (Associate)||1997-1999|
|Paul Lederach (Interim)||1998-1999|
|Maribeth Longacre Benner (Assistant)||1998-2003|
|Dawn Ranck Hower (Associate)||2003-2014|
|Paula Stoltzfus (Associate)||2014-present|
Plains Mennonite Church Membership
|Author(s)||John E Lapp|
Cite This Article
Lapp, John E. "Plains Mennonite Church (Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 Apr 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Plains_Mennonite_Church_(Hatfield,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=136092.
Lapp, John E. (1959). Plains Mennonite Church (Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 April 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Plains_Mennonite_Church_(Hatfield,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=136092.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 184. All rights reserved.
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