Lakeview Mennonite Church (Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Lakeview Mennonite Church, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA was started in the late 1950s by Mennonite farmers moving to northern Pennsylvania in search of affordable dairy farms and a place to expand the mission of the Franconia Mennonite Conference. It organized as an independent congregation in 1963, and was first known as the Gelatt Mennonite Church, and for many years as Lake View Mennonite Church.

In January 2016, the Lakeview congregation made the decision to become "congregationally led." It could no longer support a full time pastor and the Franconia Mennonite Conference was unable to supply a part time pastor. An ordained pastor preached twice a month and provided pastoral counseling when needed. A congregational member with a theology degree preached one Sunday a month, and remaining Sundays were filled by guest speakers or someone from within the congregation.


Mennonite Church USA. "Directory." Web. 6 September 2016. Also information from previous print editions.

Warren, Sharon. "Article in Mennonite Encyclopedia." Personal email (8 September 2016).

Additional Information

Address: 1323 Lakeview Road, Susquehanna Pennsylvania 18847

Phone: 570-756-2400


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church USA

Mosaic Mennonite Conference

Lakeview Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Jonas L. Mininger 1961-1985
William K. Wilson 1985-1997
R. Blaine Detwiler 1997-2012
Connie Detwiler 2010-2012
Walt Morton
2014-June 2016
Lay leadership June 2016-present

Lakeview Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 20
1975 50
1985 60
1995 49
2005 64
2015 70

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published September 2016

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Lakeview Mennonite Church (Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2016. Web. 12 Aug 2020.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168881.

APA style

Steiner, Samuel J. (September 2016). Lakeview Mennonite Church (Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 12 August 2020, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168881.

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