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Uffhofen, a village in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, near Flonheim and Alzey, where there has been a Mennonite congregation since 1829. In the early years of the Anabaptist movement it had also spread into the region of Alzey, and soon after the Thirty Years' War the first Swiss Mennonite refugees settled here, who met for worship in neighboring Erbesbüdesheim and on the Schniftenbergerhof about 1½ hours distant. In 1828-29 the congregation met in the "Geistermühle" near Uffhofen. In 1829 a handsome church was built in Uffhofen with financial assistance from other congregations. Shortly before this, the Wallertheim congregation had fully united with Uffhofen, and in the early 1830's the Spiesheim congregation did likewise. Following the death of the preacher Jakob Galle of the Geistermühle in 1835, the pastor of the Weierhof congregation looked after the spiritual needs of the congregation. This arrangement has persisted to the present. The membership was nearly 100 in 1850; in 1957 the number of baptized members was 48, and the minister was Paul Schowalter. Since 1890 the congregation has been incorporated. The congregation belongs to the Vereinigung der deutschen Mennonitengemeinden, the South German Mennonite Conference, and the Palatine-Hessian Conference. It also contributes to the Mennonitische Hilfskasse.

Bibliography

Galle, J. "Zur Geschichte der Mennonitengemeinde Uffhofen." Mennonitischer Gemeinde-Kalender (formerly Christlicher Gemeinde-Kalender) (1957): 52-59.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV.

Der Mennonit IX (1956): 170a.


Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959


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Neff, Christian. "Uffhofen (Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Uffhofen_(Rheinland-Pfalz,_Germany)&oldid=78363.

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Neff, Christian. (1959). Uffhofen (Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Uffhofen_(Rheinland-Pfalz,_Germany)&oldid=78363.




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