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West Fairview Mennonite Church in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska on 2 July 1948.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.6-9).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana.
West Fairview Mennonite Church
Source: Tom McLaughlin

West Fairview Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), located near Beaver Crossing, Seward County, Nebraska, was initially a member of the Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference. It began as an extension Sunday school of the East Fairview Mennonite Church prior to 1904, for the benefit of members who lived too far away from the church. These members met in various schools until 1905, when a meetinghouse was built about five miles from the East Fairview meetinghouse.

Joe Whitaker from Parnell, Iowa, became the first minister. Other ministers who have served are John Steckley, Chris Steckley, Fred Gingerich, Jacob Oswald, John R. Troyer, Ezra Roth, Lloyal Burkey, Dale Oswald, and William R. Eicher (ordained as minister in 1916 and as bishop in 1932), the bishop-pastor in 1959. The membership in 1959 was 110. A new church, 72 x 42 ft, was dedicated in 1956.

In 2014 the congregation was not affiliated with any Mennonite conference. The ministerial team was comprised of Bishop David A. Burkey, Minister Thaddeus Kremer, and Deacon Ervin Miller.

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Address: 597 350th, Beaver Crossing NE 68313

Phone: 402-761-2923

Denominational Affiliation:

Western District Amish Mennonite Conference

Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church (MC)


Author(s) William R Eicher
Date Published March 2014


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Eicher, William R. "West Fairview Mennonite Church (Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2014. Web. 23 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Fairview_Mennonite_Church_(Beaver_Crossing,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=121609.

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Eicher, William R. (March 2014). West Fairview Mennonite Church (Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Fairview_Mennonite_Church_(Beaver_Crossing,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=121609.




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