Garden Chapel, The (Victory Gardens, New Jersey, USA)

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The ministry in the Dover part of New Jersey, USA began in 1962 as Hillside Mennonite Church. Serving VSers and families who moved into the area. Mennonite young men performing alternative service before and during the Vietnam War worked at the Greystone State Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains.

When it was discovered the community of Victory Gardens (named after the vegetable gardens people planted during World War II in response to food shortages), had no churches, The Garden Chapel was established in 1971 as a community church. In 2016 it was still the church in the community.

An important ministry of the congregation has been a summer day camp for children that began in the 1970s.

In 2016 Garden Chapel was an multicultural, interracial congregation located in an interracial community. Its focus as a congregation has been evangelism, Christian nurture, and service which is Bible based and Christ-centered.


"Directory." Mennonite Church USA Resources. Web. 4 September 2016.

Ralph, Emily. "Introducing Garden Chapel." Franconia Mennonite Conference. 14 May 2013. Web. 4 September 2016.

Additional Information

Meeting Address: 89 Washington Avenue, Victory Gardens, New Jersey 07801

Mailing Address: PO Box 376, Dover New Jersey 07802-0376

Phone: 973-361-8877


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church USA

Franconia Mennonite Conference

The Garden Chapel Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Abram Clemens 1962-1969
Warren M. Wenger 1969-1975
Jesse U. Adams 1973-2005?
Vandy L. Parks ?-?
Tim Hart 2012-present

The Garden Chapel Membership

Year Members
1965 5
1975 14
1985 16
1995 28
2005 34
2015 20


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Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published September 2016

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