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Rockhill Mennonite Church (MC), near Telford, Montgomery and Bucks counties, Pennsylvania, a member of the Franconia Mennonite Conference, formerly called Bechtel's, then Gehman's (the name Rockhill only since about 1910), was organized between 1744 and 1764. The first meetinghouse was erected between 1737 and 1773. In 1838 the second meetinghouse was erected, and in 1925 the third. Early preachers were Isaac Kolb 1744-1776, Samuel Bechtel 1764-1802, Abraham Gehman 1770-1792, and Samuel Gehman 1799-1845. The first deacon was Michael Derstine (died 1777). A small faction left in 1848 to join the new Oberholtzer (General Conference Mennonite Church) group. In 1957 the congregation had 221 members, with Arthur D. Ruth as bishop, and Edwin A. Souder, Clinton D. Landis, and Alfred A. Detweiler as preachers.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Church USA. Directory. (2005)

Mennonite Yearbook (1915-1995)

Wenger, John C. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Pub. House, 1938. Reprinted Lititz, PA?: Publication Board of the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church], 1985.

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Address: 3100 Meetinghouse Road, Telford, PA 18969

Phone: 215-723-7780

Website: https://rockhillmcorg.wordpress.com/

Denominational Affiliations: Franconia Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

[edit] Ordained Leaders at Rockhill Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Isaac Kolb (1711-1776) 1744-1773?
Samuel Bechtel (1706-1802) 1764-1802
Abraham Gehman (173?-1792)  ?-1792
Samuel Gehman (1767-1845) 1798-1845
George Derstine (1770-1837)  ?-1837
John F. Detweiler (1786-1864)  ?-1847
Jacob Detweiler (1795-1879) 1840-1879
Abraham Fretz (1793-1875) 1843-1875
John Allebach (1805-1902) 1849-1902
Abel Horning (1825-1906) 1863-1906
Samuel D. Detweiler (1841-1917) 1876-1917
Mahlon D. Souder (1859-1924) 1899-1924
William M. Landis (1869-1923) 1909-1923
Alfred A. Detweiler (1897-1963) 1923-1963
Edwin A. Souder (1882-1958) 1924-1958
Isaac F. Detweiler (1876-1942) 1934-1942
Clinton D. Landis (1899-1973) 1942-1973
Merrill B. Landis (1931- ) 1962-1968
Henry L. Ruth (1918-1993) 1968-1980
Russell M. Detweiler (1928-2011) 1981-1989?
Michael Derstine (1961- ) 1990-1999
Robert Petersheim (Interim) 2003-2004
Larry Moyer 2004-present

[edit] Membership at Rockhill Mennonite Church

Year Members
1915 210
1925 200
1935 200
1945 216
1955 257
1965 240
1975 227
1985 156
1995 180
2005 148
2015 148

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Map:Rockhill Mennonite Church (Telford, Pennsylvania, USA)


Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959


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Bender, Harold S. "Rockhill Mennonite Church (Telford, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 10 Dec 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rockhill_Mennonite_Church_(Telford,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=136145.

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Bender, Harold S. (1959). Rockhill Mennonite Church (Telford, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 December 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rockhill_Mennonite_Church_(Telford,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=136145.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 347. All rights reserved.


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