West Clinton Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), located two miles (three km) southeast of Pettisville, Fulton County, Ohio, began as an outgrowth of the Central Mennonite congregation, and until 1943 operated with Central and Lockport as one congregation under a common ministry with circuit preaching. The meetinghouse was enlarged in 1935, and seats about 500. The congregation was separately organized in 1943 under the leadership of Edward B. Frey, who was ordained minister in 1925 and bishop in 1933.
On 22 October 1944, D. L. Sommers, who moved in from Oklahoma, was installed as minister. The congregation opened the Holland Mission in 1945 and also supported the missions at Bancroft, Toledo, and Cloverdale, Ohio. In 1947 Olen Nofziger was ordained minister, and in 1950 Raymond Richer was ordained minister with special charge at Holland. The congregation has three foreign missionaries, Vesta (Nafziger) Miller in India and Carl Beck and Ruth (Frey) Shenk in Japan. In 1956 the congregation built the North Clinton meetinghouse, where about one third of the members began to meet for services in January 1957. Later in the year Olen Nofziger was made minister in charge. In 1958 William Nofziger was ordained as minister at West Clinton. The membership in 1957 was 440; the ministers were Edward B. Frey, bishop, and D. L. Sommers and Olen Nofziger.
Address: 18029 County Road C, Wauseon, OH 43567; Phone: 419-445-1195 or 419-445-1196.
Church web site: http://www.westclinton.org/
|Author(s)||Edward B Frey|
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Frey, Edward B. "West Clinton Mennonite Church (Wauseon, Ohio, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 May 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Clinton_Mennonite_Church_(Wauseon,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=113618.
Frey, Edward B. (1959). West Clinton Mennonite Church (Wauseon, Ohio, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Clinton_Mennonite_Church_(Wauseon,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=113618.
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