Plains Mennonite Church (Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, Pennsylvania.
Source: John Mills; used with permission.

Plains (for a time Plain) Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), located in Hatfield Township, west of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, is a congregation in the Franconia Mennonite Conference. The name is derived from the plain on which Lansdale is built. The first log school and meetinghouse was built between 1760 and 1769 on land contributed by Henry Frey. It remained in use until 1813, when a stone meetinghouse was built. A third stone building was erected in 1867, and the present stone (white stucco) building in 1922, Before the Revolutionary War the circuit system was in use. Bishop Isaac Kolb (1711-1776) is thought to have considered this his home church after 1764. He was ordained bishop in 1761. The first minister definitely known to have been or­ dained for this church was Jacob Krupp (1799-1842), ordained in 1816. Others who served this church were Joseph Cassel (1799-1868); Jacob Kulp (1798-1875), ordained minister 1838 and bishop in 1843; Jacob C. Loux (1822-95), ordained minister 1867; Henry Godshall (1834-1908), ordained 1874, relieved in 1905; Jonas Mininger (1852-1937), ordained minister 1895, bishop in 1905; Jacob C. Clem­ens (b. 1874), ordained 1906; John E. Lapp (1905-1988), ordained minister 1933, bishop 1937; Wayne Kratz (b. 1913), ordained 1949. Burials were made in the cemetery as early as about 1764. A Sunday school was organized in 1888. The last three of the above ministers were still serving in 1956, with a membership of 254.


Lichty, Richard J. Meetinghouse on the plain: Plains Mennonite congregation remembering 250 years. Hatfield, Pa.: The Congregation, 2015.

Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Fran­conia Conference. Telford, 1937: 163-66.

Additional Information

Address: 50 W. Orvilla Road, Hatfield, PA 19440

Phone: 215-362-7640

Website: Plains Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mosaic Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Plains Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Isaac Kolb (1711-1776, Bishop) 1764-1776
David Ruth (d. 1820) ?-1801
John Krupp (1779-1842) 1816-1842
Joseph Cassel (1799-1868) ?-1868
Jacob Kulp (1798-1875) 1838-1875
Jacob C. Loux (1822-1895) 1867-1895
Henry Godshall (1834-1908) 1874-1905
Jonas Mininger (1852-1937) 1895-1937
Jacob C. Clemens (1874-1965) 1906-1965
John E. Lapp (1905-1988) 1933-1988
Wayne Kratz 1949-1959
Harvey Paul Yoder 1966-1969
Ross T. Bender (Associate) 1970-1971
Charles Shenk (Interim) 1972-1973
Gerald Studer 1973-1990
Richard J. Lichty 1985-1986
Michael A. Meneses 1992-1998
Hubert Schwartzentruber (Associate) 1997-1999
Paul Lederach (Interim) 1998-1999
Maribeth Longacre Benner (Associate) 1998-2002
Michael Derstine 1999-present
Dawn Ranck Hower (Associate) 2003-2014
Paula Stoltzfus (Associate) 2014-present

Plains Mennonite Church Membership

Yeart Members
1890 100
1915 150
1925 210
1935 250
1945 275
1955 260
1965 272
1975 256
1985 277
1995 269
2005 234
2015 180

Author(s) John E Lapp
Date Published 1959

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Lapp, John E. "Plains Mennonite Church (Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 3 Aug 2020.,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168890.

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Lapp, John E. (1959). Plains Mennonite Church (Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 August 2020, from,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=168890.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 184. All rights reserved.

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