Pleasantview Mennonite Church (Brethren, Michigan, USA)

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Pleasantview Mennonite Church, near Breth­ren, Manistee County, Michigan, had its origin in 1903, when William Lantz, the first Mennonite to locate in the area, settled here. Other settlers followed, mostly from the Howard-Miami Amish Mennonite (now MC) congregation near Kokomo, Indiana. E. A. Mast, bishop of the Howard-Miami congregation, organized the Manistee Amish Mennonites into the Pleasantview congregation on 9 September 1904. In­cluded among the first members was Joseph S. Horner (1864-1945), a preacher. The new congre­gation in Manistee County worshiped in a log cabin until 1906, when a church building was erected in Brown Township. Four years later, in December 1910, Horner moved back to his home congrega­tion, Howard-Miami. At about that point the mem­bership was 48. But soon a decline set in as families moved away. Finally only one family remained. In 1917 the church building was sold to the Church of the Brethren, only to revert later to Mennonite ownership. Two years later, in May 1919, C. C. Culp was placed in the Pleasantview congregation by the district mission board to serve as pastor and mission worker. He served there until his death in 1953. Lester Wyse also served as a minister in the congregation for a number of years until his removal to Ohio. In 1957 the minister was Warren Shaum, with a baptized membership of 30.

In 2014 the church had 41 members and was a member of the Nationwide Fellowship Churches. The ministerial team included Bishop David A. Miller and Minister Gene D. Stutzman.


Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 109.

Additional Information

Address: 11025 Kerry Road, Brethren, MI


Denominational Affiliation:

Nationwide Fellowship Churches

Author(s) John C. Wenger
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published February 2015

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Wenger, John C. and Richard D. Thiessen. "Pleasantview Mennonite Church (Brethren, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2015. Web. 23 Apr 2018.,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=131751.

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Wenger, John C. and Richard D. Thiessen. (February 2015). Pleasantview Mennonite Church (Brethren, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 April 2018, from,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=131751.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 192. All rights reserved.

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