Tressler Mennonite Church (Greenwood, Delaware, USA)
Tressler Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA) is located near Greenwood, Delaware. The settlement of Mennonites in this area was begun in 1914, when a number of Mennonite and Conservative Amish Mennonite families moved into this section from the region of Grantsville, Maryland. The two groups worshiped together for some time, meeting in homes and barns, under the leadership of the Amish. After some years the Mennonite group began to meet separately under lay leadership. In 1935 the group was organized into a congregation by J. A. Ressler, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, a bishop of the Southwestern Pennsylvania (now Allegheny) Mennonite Conference. This seemed to be the logical connection, since most of the people came from this conference area. A school building and ground were donated to the church by the heirs of William Tressler. An addition to this building, bringing the size to 28 x 60 ft., was made in 1954. The first bishop in charge was J. A. Ressler, and the first minister to serve the congregation was W. C. Hershberger, formerly of near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The membership in 1957 was 30 with Walter Campbell as pastor and Paul M. Lederach as bishop.
In 2015 the Tressler congregation left the Allegheny Mennonite Conference. This move was part of a larger realignment of Mennonite congregations in the 2010s that were formerly part of Mennonite Church USA. These congregations were unhappy with Mennonite Church USA's failure to take stronger disciplinary actions against area conferences and congregations who expressed openness to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.
"'Salt and Light': Fall Faith and Life Gathering." A M C News September-December 2015. Web. 29 May 2017. http://www.alleghenymennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/September-December-2015.pdf
Address: 13371 Wolf Road, Greenwood, DE 19950
|Author(s)||John L Horst|
|Date Published||May 2017|
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Horst, John L and Sam Steiner. "Tressler Mennonite Church (Greenwood, Delaware, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2017. Web. 23 Mar 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tressler_Mennonite_Church_(Greenwood,_Delaware,_USA)&oldid=148614.
Horst, John L and Sam Steiner. (May 2017). Tressler Mennonite Church (Greenwood, Delaware, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 March 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tressler_Mennonite_Church_(Greenwood,_Delaware,_USA)&oldid=148614.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 746-747. All rights reserved.
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