Sunnyside Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA)

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The Sunnyside Mennonite Church in Sarasota, Florida, USA was established in 1968. The congregation started as a non-conference Mennonite Church by W. J. Overholt and others who began the Sunnyside Nursing Home. The congregation asked that Lester Gingerich of Plain City, Ohio pastor the congregation in 1970; at this time affiliation was made with the Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship.

In the winter months attendance can increase to 400, with visitors from a wide variety of Mennonite and Amish churches.

In 2017 the church was a member of the Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship and had a membership of 85. The bishops were Lester J. Gingerich and Bill Yoder, and the ministers were Jason Gingerich and Perry E. Miller.


"Amish Mennonite Churches in Florida." The Beachy Amish Mennonites. 2013. Web. 19 March 2018.

Anderson, Cory. The Amish-Mennonites of North America: a portrait of our people. Medina, New York: Ridgeway Publishing, 2012: 72.

Mennonite Church directory (2017): 48.

Yoder, Elmer S. The Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship Churches. Hartville, Ohio: Diakonia Ministries, 1987: 312-313.

Additional Information

Address: 1001 Honore Ave., Sarasota, Florida

Phone: 941-371-2182


Denominational Affiliations:

Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship


Sunnyside Mennonite Church

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published March 2018

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Sunnyside Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2018. Web. 20 Feb 2020.,_Florida,_USA)&oldid=165441.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (March 2018). Sunnyside Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 February 2020, from,_Florida,_USA)&oldid=165441.

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