Bethel Mennonite Church was born in 1890 when a group of Amish Mennonite young adults from local congregations decided to be baptized but requested to be baptized into the Mennonite Church rather than the Amish Mennonite church. They were given permission to proceed and formed Bethel. This gave Bethel an important, youthful and healthy start.
Through the years as with any congregation, there have been ups and downs and comings and goings. In 1923, a lightning strike caused a fire that burned down the original church. The congregation rallied and rebuilt with help from the community, adding additions in 1956 and 1983.
Through all of this, Bethel has been an ongoing supporter of the Mennonite Orphan’s Home, now known as Adriel. This has been a ministry to the children and staff as well as a meaningful connection for the congregation.
We feel very blessed to know that through it all, God has been ever present and leading us. We deeply value each other’s support and care and trust that God will continue to lead us in the years ahead.
The vision of Bethel Mennonite Church is…
- To Worship, praise and glorify God
- To Nurture each other in spiritual growth
- To Serve the needs of our community and world
- To Invite others to commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Jesus compels us to experience and extend the gracious rule of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(adapted from Article II of our constitution)