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Walnut Creek Mennonite Church ([[Mennonite Church (MC)|Mennonite Church]]), a member of the [[Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference (MC)|Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference]], is located less than a mile southeast of Walnut Creek, [[Holmes County (Ohio, USA)|Holmes County]], [[Ohio (State)|Ohio]]. The first settlers were Jonas Stutzman and four young [[Amish Mennonites|Amish]] couples from Somerset, [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], in 1809-1810. Church services were held in the homes, and by 1850 there were four Amish church districts in this spreading settlement. One of these suffered a division, and the liberal segment led by Bishop "Gross" [[Miller, Moses J. (1811-1897)|Moses J. Miller]] became the nucleus of the Walnut Creek Amish Mennonite Church. In 1862 the first meeting house was built, replaced in 1896 by the present building, which was enlarged in 1908 and 1950. The membership in 1957 was 598. Paul R. Miller, a great-great-grandson of the founder, was the bishop and pastor in the late 1950s.
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[[File:WalnutCreekMC.jpg|300px|thumbnail|right|''Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, Sugarcreek, Ohio.<br />
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Source: [http://wcmenn.org/ Church website]''.]]
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Walnut Creek Mennonite Church is located in Sugarcreek, [[Ohio (USA)|Ohio]], less than a mile southeast of Walnut Creek, [[Holmes County (Ohio, USA)|Holmes County]], [[Ohio (USA)|Ohio]]. The first settlers were Jonas Stutzman and four young [[Amish Mennonites|Amish]] couples from Somerset, [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], in 1809-1810. Church services were held in the homes, and by 1850 there were four Amish church districts in this spreading settlement. One of these suffered a division, and the liberal segment led by Bishop "Gross" [[Miller, Moses J. (1811-1897)|Moses J. Miller]] became the nucleus of the Walnut Creek Amish Mennonite Church. In 1862 the first meeting house was built, replaced in 1896 by the present building, which was enlarged in 1908 and 1950.  
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The membership in 1957 was 598. Paul R. Miller, a great-great-grandson of the founder, was the bishop and pastor in the late 1950s.
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On 19 October 2014 the congregation voted with 86% in favor to leave the Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA, effective 31 December 2014. It cited the increasing acceptance of same-sex relationships as a significant contributing factor in their decision to leave the conference.  
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
Glick, Nettie. <em>Historical Sketch of the Walnutcreek A.M. Church</em>. Scottdale, 1933.
 
Glick, Nettie. <em>Historical Sketch of the Walnutcreek A.M. Church</em>. Scottdale, 1933.
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Yoder, Kelli. "Ohio Conference Loses More Churches." ''Mennonite World Review''. 22 December 2014. Web. 30 March 2015. http://mennoworld.org/2014/12/22/news/ohio-conference-loses-more-churches/.
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= Additional Information =
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'''Address''': Sugarcreek, OH 44681
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'''Phone''':  330-852-2560
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'''Website''': [http://www.wcmenn.org/ Walnut Creek Mennonite Church]
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'''Denominational Affiliations''':
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[[Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference (MC)]]
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[[Mennonite Church (MC)]]
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[[Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA]] (1999-2014)
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Mennonite Church USA (1999-2014)
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Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, Sugarcreek, Ohio.
Source: Church website
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Walnut Creek Mennonite Church is located in Sugarcreek, Ohio, less than a mile southeast of Walnut Creek, Holmes County, Ohio. The first settlers were Jonas Stutzman and four young Amish couples from Somerset, Pennsylvania, in 1809-1810. Church services were held in the homes, and by 1850 there were four Amish church districts in this spreading settlement. One of these suffered a division, and the liberal segment led by Bishop "Gross" Moses J. Miller became the nucleus of the Walnut Creek Amish Mennonite Church. In 1862 the first meeting house was built, replaced in 1896 by the present building, which was enlarged in 1908 and 1950.

The membership in 1957 was 598. Paul R. Miller, a great-great-grandson of the founder, was the bishop and pastor in the late 1950s.

On 19 October 2014 the congregation voted with 86% in favor to leave the Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA, effective 31 December 2014. It cited the increasing acceptance of same-sex relationships as a significant contributing factor in their decision to leave the conference.

[edit] Bibliography

Glick, Nettie. Historical Sketch of the Walnutcreek A.M. Church. Scottdale, 1933.

Yoder, Kelli. "Ohio Conference Loses More Churches." Mennonite World Review. 22 December 2014. Web. 30 March 2015. http://mennoworld.org/2014/12/22/news/ohio-conference-loses-more-churches/.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: Sugarcreek, OH 44681

Phone: 330-852-2560

Website: Walnut Creek Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference (MC)

Mennonite Church (MC)

Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA (1999-2014)

Mennonite Church USA (1999-2014)


Author(s) Paul R Miller
Date Published March 2015


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MLA style

Miller, Paul R. "Walnut Creek Mennonite Church (Sugarcreek, Ohio, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2015. Web. 26 Apr 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Walnut_Creek_Mennonite_Church_(Sugarcreek,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=131353.

APA style

Miller, Paul R. (March 2015). Walnut Creek Mennonite Church (Sugarcreek, Ohio, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 April 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Walnut_Creek_Mennonite_Church_(Sugarcreek,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=131353.




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