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Stouffer Mennonite Church (Washington-Franklin Mennonite Conference), located in the Ringgold District, Washington County, Maryland, was or­ganized in 1820 in the Beaver Creek District, in a building later used by the Brethren Church. In 1828 a stone church was built on the present site. The name was doubtless given in honor of the minister John Stouf­fer (1746-1836), who later became the bishop. The old building was replaced by a brick church in 1895. This is said to have been the first organized Men­nonite congregation in Washington County.

The ministers who have served up until 1957 were John Stouffer, Abr. Stouffer, Christian Newcomer, John Martin, John Hoover, David Shank, Denton Martin, and Amos J. Martin. The mem­bership in 1957 was 104.

In 2014 the church was led by Ministers Clifford E. Martin, Lavern E. Martin, and David W. Rudolph and Deacons Verne I. Lehman and Edward S. Martin. In that year church membership was 144.

The congregation was initially a member of the Mennonite Church (MC) but later joined the Washington-Franklin Mennonite Conference.

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Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 141.

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Denominational Affiliations:

Washington-Franklin Mennonite Conference


Author(s) John D Risser
Date Published 1959


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Risser, John D. "Stouffer Mennonite Church (Washington County, Maryland, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 24 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Stouffer_Mennonite_Church_(Washington_County,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=116689.

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Risser, John D. (1959). Stouffer Mennonite Church (Washington County, Maryland, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Stouffer_Mennonite_Church_(Washington_County,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=116689.




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