Beaverdam Mennonite Church officially began in the Fall of 1940 when several like-minded families rented the unused Methodist Church building located in the small village of Beaverdam, and began to hold worship services.
Our very first pastor was Lewis Kletzley, a lay minister who also assisted in the leadership of Britton Run Mennonite Church, where a number of Beaverdam Mennonite Church’s families came from. Britton Run began as a mission church of the Ohio Conference of the Old Order Mennonite Church and Beaverdam was its first church plant! The Britton Run congregation has since moved to a new, larger location just outside Spartansburg, PA and is now called Valley View Mennonite Church. We still come together various times of the year for singing, mission work, special evangelist meetings and fellowship.
Pastor Weirich was called in 1943 and the congregation felt God’s call to provide a two week Summer Bible School for the children and youth of the surrounding communities. This mission continues each summer even now when we join together with three other local small United Methodist Churches. Although it has been shortened to five days, many memories are made each year.
Between 1957 and 1967, many of our youth served in Voluntary Service projects and many special spiritual renewal meetings were held with a variety of guest evangelists. This gift of service continued in May of 1985 when we assisted Mennonite Disaster Service, which used our church building as their base of operations, in the repair and rebuilding of the community after seven tornadoes tore through the area. We have continued partnering with Mennonite Disaster Service, sending volunteer teams to work wherever they are needed.
We have hosted a free dinner on Thanksgiving Day for anyone who wanted or needed it. Many special times of fellowship were found on that day during the 10+ years it was held. We continue to work closely with Love INC and all our community churches in both Corry and Union City with many different projects for the betterment of our neighbors, friends, and family.
We have held an International Gift Festival for the past 43 years, raising funds for Ten Thousand Villages, a missional arm of the Mennonite Church. Ten Thousand Villages’ mission is to improve the livelihoods and well-being of disadvantaged producers/artisans in developing countries by providing an outlet for their hand-crafted works. Every third weekend in October we enjoy meeting new people and being a global marketplace.
We support missionary families: John Speigle family (Voice of Hope) in La Paz Centro, Nicaragua; Peter & Pan Van Der Decker family (New Tribes Mission) in Papua, New Guinea as well as Joel Miller (Dayspring Outreach Ministries), Mexico and Dorothy Harding (Lifting Jesus Higher), Atlanta, Georgia. We gather supplies for Mennonite Central Committee when needed and a number of our women enjoy sewing comforters for those in war-torn or natural disaster areas.
Our Lord tapped the shoulder of one of our members, who listened, and has now become a Spiritual Director (PhD). She assists our members and those in the community who wish to have a closer walk with God. We are very blessed to have her insight and loving presence.
We have adopted the highway which runs past our church building and the youth and adults regularly twice a year come together to pick up litter. We are an active congregation of 100+ participants. We enjoy learning more about God (Sunday school at 9:30 am), worshipping (every Sunday morning at 10:45 am), singing (3 praise teams and 1 acapella ensemble), cooking (lots of carry-in dinners and monthly breakfasts!) and socializing with each other (9 small groups). We believe in Christ as our Savior, God as our Heavenly Father, and the Holy Spirit as our Guide.
Lewis Kletzley 1940-1943
Jacob F. Weirich 1943-1952
Kenneth E. Snyder 1952-1957
Richard Hostetler 1957-1966
Leonard Adams (interim) 1966-1967
Donald Nofziger 1967-1973
Dale Hilty (summers) 1973-1976
Gerald Martin 1976-1978
Leonard Adams (interim) 1978-1980
James Hershberger 1980 -1984
James Powers 1985
Herman F. Myers 1986-1995
Philip Clemens 1995-2004
George Kennedy (interim) 2004-2005
Jay Conn 2005-2012
Deb Horst (interim) 2012-2013
Dale Francis (interim) 2014
Randy Carr 2014-Present