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Springfield Krimmer Mennonite Brethren (KMB) Church, located in the western part of Marion County, 5 miles southwest of Lehigh, Kansas, was organized on 2 April 1902, with David P. Schroeder as elder, ordained on 24 January 1904, by Jacob A. Wiebe, the elder of the Gnadenau KMB Church and founder of the KMB Church. P. A. Wiebe was elected as assistant minister, and later served as elder. The Springfield community was settled in the 1870s by a dozen members of the Gnadenau Church, nine miles east, who in 1878 began to have their own worship services in their homes. As a result of two revivals soon after the organization, about 60 members were added to the church.

The church building was constructed in 1894, and, with additions made later, was still in use in 1949. A small stream fed by an incessant spring, from which the church received its name, ran across the churchyard; in it the church practiced immersion by kneeling and dipping forward. Communion was observed with footwashing four times a year. Most members were farmers.

The church closed in early 1961.

Other ministers and leaders of the church have been Isbrand Harder, H. V. Wiebe, J. T. Krause, J. E. Plett, W. W. Harms, David V. Wiebe, C. F. Plett, and Franklin Wiebe, the pastor in 1956. The membership in 1956 was 77. The first missionaries of the KMB Church, P. V. Wiebe and H. V. Wiebe, came from this congregation.

[edit] Bibliography

Plett, C. F. The Story of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church. Hillsboro, KS and Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1985: 143-149.

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[edit] Springfield KMB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years of Service
David P. Schroeder 1904-1911
P. A. Wiebe 1911-1924
Henry V. Wiebe 1923-1941
Jacob E. Plett 1923-1941
David V. Wiebe 1941-1942
Jacob E. Plett 1942-1951
Cornelius F. Plett 1951-1954
Franklin Wiebe 1955-1957
William W. Harms 1957-1961


Author(s) Pete V Wiebe
Date Published 1959


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Wiebe, Pete V. "Springfield Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church (Marion County, Kansas, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springfield_Krimmer_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Marion_County,_Kansas,_USA)&oldid=117610.

APA style

Wiebe, Pete V. (1959). Springfield Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church (Marion County, Kansas, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springfield_Krimmer_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Marion_County,_Kansas,_USA)&oldid=117610.




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