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The Farmville Christian Fellowship near Farmville, Virginia, USA was established in 1971. The congregation started as persons began to move to the Farmville area from Kempsville, [[Virginia (USA)|Virginia]] (now part of Virginia Beach) in order to escape the increasing urbanism.  
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The Farmville Christian Fellowship near Farmville, [[Virginia (USA)|Virginia]], USA was established in 1971. The congregation started as persons began to move to the Farmville area from Kempsville, [[Virginia (USA)|Virginia]] (now part of Virginia Beach) in order to escape the increasing urbanism.  
  
 
In 1983, Bishop Uria M. Shetler responded to the church’s request for a bishop and thus moved to the community from [[Paraguay]]. When Shetler contracted Parkinson’s disease in the mid-1990s, the church needed to select a new bishop. Three bishops were considered for oversight: two men from Nationwide Fellowship churches and a third from Pilgrim Christian Fellowship, a Beachy Amish church in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Bennie Byler of the Pilgrim congregation received the highest number of votes. Thus, by default, the Farmville congregation remained Beachy Amish.  
 
In 1983, Bishop Uria M. Shetler responded to the church’s request for a bishop and thus moved to the community from [[Paraguay]]. When Shetler contracted Parkinson’s disease in the mid-1990s, the church needed to select a new bishop. Three bishops were considered for oversight: two men from Nationwide Fellowship churches and a third from Pilgrim Christian Fellowship, a Beachy Amish church in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Bennie Byler of the Pilgrim congregation received the highest number of votes. Thus, by default, the Farmville congregation remained Beachy Amish.  
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== Ordained Pastors at Farmville Christian Fellowship ==
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! Name !! Years<br/>of Service
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| John Dan Miller || 1974-1998?
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| Ezra Troyer, Jr. || 1975-1990?
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| Uria Shetler (Bishop) || 1983-1995
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| Norman Eli Troyer<br />(Bishop) || 1998-2014<br />2014-
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|}
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== Membership at Farmville Christian Fellowship ==
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! Year !! Membership
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| 1972 || 13
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| 1980 || 24
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| 1985 || 43
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| 1990 || 41
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|-
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| 1995 || 41
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| 2005 || 40
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|-
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| 2010 || 27
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| 2015 || 24
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|}
 
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Latest revision as of 17:10, 15 April 2019

The Farmville Christian Fellowship near Farmville, Virginia, USA was established in 1971. The congregation started as persons began to move to the Farmville area from Kempsville, Virginia (now part of Virginia Beach) in order to escape the increasing urbanism.

In 1983, Bishop Uria M. Shetler responded to the church’s request for a bishop and thus moved to the community from Paraguay. When Shetler contracted Parkinson’s disease in the mid-1990s, the church needed to select a new bishop. Three bishops were considered for oversight: two men from Nationwide Fellowship churches and a third from Pilgrim Christian Fellowship, a Beachy Amish church in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Bennie Byler of the Pilgrim congregation received the highest number of votes. Thus, by default, the Farmville congregation remained Beachy Amish.

In 2017 the church was a member of the Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship and had a membership of 24. The bishop was Norman Eli Yoder.

Bibliography

"Amish Mennonite Churches in Virginia." The Beachy Amish Mennonites. 2013. Web. 8 February 2018. http://www.beachyam.org/churches/va.htm.

Anderson, Cory. The Amish-Mennonites of North America: a portrait of our people. Medina, New York: Ridgeway Publishing, 2012: 82.

Anderson, Cory Alexander. "The Diffusion of Beachy Amish Mennonite Congregations in the US South: A Regional Chronicle and Spatial Analysis." Unpublished paper, 2006: 23. Web. 8 February 2018. http://www.beachyam.org/librarybooks/Anderson(2006)_Diffusion.pdf.

Mennonite Church directory (2017): 42; (2019): 42.

Yoder, Elmer S. The Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship Churches. Hartville, Ohio: Diakonia Ministries, 1987: 365.

Additional Information

Address: Route 636, Farmville, Virginia (Located 1 1/4 miles west of the intersection of Route 15 & 636)

Phone:

Website:

Denominational Affiliations:

Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship

Ordained Pastors at Farmville Christian Fellowship

Name Years
of Service
John Dan Miller 1974-1998?
Ezra Troyer, Jr. 1975-1990?
Uria Shetler (Bishop) 1983-1995
Norman Eli Troyer
(Bishop)
1998-2014
2014-

Membership at Farmville Christian Fellowship

Year Membership
1972 13
1980 24
1985 43
1990 41
1995 41
2005 40
2010 27
2015 24


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published April 2019


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Steiner, Sam. "Farmville Christian Fellowship (Farmville, Virginia, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2019. Web. 20 Jul 2019. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Farmville_Christian_Fellowship_(Farmville,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=163880.

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Steiner, Sam. (April 2019). Farmville Christian Fellowship (Farmville, Virginia, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 July 2019, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Farmville_Christian_Fellowship_(Farmville,_Virginia,_USA)&oldid=163880.




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