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The Elton Mission was established at the 1899 session of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Mennonite Conference held at Rockton, Pennsylvania, with L. A. Blough being responsible for the work. In 1900 the group purchased the Dunmyer Lutheran Church building and leased the land for 10 years for one dollar. In 1901 it was reported that the mission had become an organized congregation, known as Elton Mennonite Church. In 1903 the Sunday school was started with David Stull as superintendent.

The Mennonite Yearbook and Directory (1906-1908) listed Elton Mennonite Church with 24 members, Alexander Weaver, preacher, and D. S. Yoder, deacon. In 1910 the Lutheran Church was dismantled and a new building was erected on property about one half mile east, donated by Levi Knavel. The name of the church was then changed to Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church because of the pleasant grove of trees around the new building.

The building was remodeled in 1940 and again in the early 1950s.

Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), Salix, Pennsylvania, had 27 members in 1958.

Calvin R. Heller, Sr. served as the only resident deacon from 1939 until his death in 1955. Melvin Nussbaum, deacon at the Stahl Mennonite Church served as deacon from 1959 to ca. 1961. Bishops who served here were Jonas Blauch (1900-1903), Jonas Blauch and James Saylor (1903-1906), James Saylor (1906-1935), A. J. Metzler (1935-1938), S. G. Shetler (1938-1942), Irvin Stonerook (1942-1943), Lloy Kniss (1943-1945), Aldus Wingard (1945-1948), Harry C. Blough (1950-1953), Sanford G. Shetler (1953-1958), John E. Gingrich (1957-1961), Waldo Miller (1961-1965), Harry C. Blough (1966-1969).

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Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years of Service
Alexander Weaver
Sanford G. Shetler 1933-1946
Eli Miller 1947-1956
Norman Teague 1956-1961
David C. Alwine 1962-1969

Date Published February 2015

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