Bethel Mennonite Church (Broadway, Virginia, USA)
The Bethel Mennonite Church (Mountain Valley Mennonite Churches, formerly Mennonite Church) four miles (6.5 km) north of Cootes Store, Rockingham County, Virginia, was a member of the Virginia Mennonite Conference before withdrawing from the conference in 2002 over doctrinal concerns. It then became a member of the Mountain Valley Mennonite Churches, a group of churches unwilling to join the then new Mennonite Church USA.
About 1915 a Sunday school was started by two Baptist girls under a tree near this place. It was later moved to an old store building near by. The Mennonite Church was invited to take the work over and the store building was purchased in 1918 and used for services until around 1925 when it was torn down, moved to its present location, and enlarged. The membership was 110 in 1953 and the pastor was M. D. Emswiler. In 2018 the pastors were Stephen R. Estep and Millard Sonifrank.
Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2011. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2011: 65.
Address: 18425 Runions Creek Road, Broadway, Virginia 22815
Ordained Pastors at Bethel Mennonite Church
|Abram G. Heishman (1879-1958)||1925?-1937?|
|M. Dewey Emswiler||1935-1954|
|A. T. Rollins||1969-1971?|
|Earl R. Delp||1971-1977|
|J. Ward Shank||1978-1980|
|Stephen R. Estep||1983-present|
Membership at Bethel Mennonite Church
|Date Published||April 2019|
Cite This Article
Showalter, Timothy and Sam Steiner. "Bethel Mennonite Church (Broadway, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2019. Web. 24 Jun 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Broadway,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=163819.
Showalter, Timothy and Sam Steiner. (April 2019). Bethel Mennonite Church (Broadway, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 June 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Broadway,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=163819.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 311. All rights reserved.
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