About Us | Our History
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in
heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end
of the age.” -Matthew 20:18-20
A BRIEF HISTORY
trace their roots to the 16th century Protestant Reformation in
Europe and were nicknamed after an early Dutch leader, Menno
Simmons. Believers met persecution, martyrdom and death as the
movement rapidly spread to South Germany and the Netherlands.
Anabaptist The official
churches opposed the movement and scoffed at them as "Anabaptizers"
which literally means re-baptizers. The state would not
tolerate this change because in essence it defied the goverment run
church, despite the Anabaptists' strong appeal to Scripture in
support of their position. Over the next two generations,
thousands of Anabaptist were martyred.
Immigration and reaching out
A separate group, the Amish, broke off about 1693. In search
of freedom, Mennonites moved to many places, including Russia and
North America. In the late 1800's, they organized home and
foreign missions; a substantial ministry of emergency relief and
development aid was initiated after World War II, alongside of
church extention. Today Mennonites are found in about 75
countries and number almost 1.5 million members (1,478,540)
WEAVERS MENNONITE CHURCH goes
back to 1825 when a congregation began meeting in the home of Peter
Burkholder. This home at 491 Garbers Church Rd. doubles today
as a dwelling and a Bed & Breakfast.
In 1827, the congregation built a log meetinghouse located across the
road from the present site of 2501 Rawley Pike, and later took the name
"Weavers" from the caretaker. When the Virginia Mennonite
Conference was organized in 1835, the meeting was held in this
church. A larger frame building was build in 1881 to replace
the original structure. The present limestone building was
dedicated on January 31, 1943.
congregation has a rich Virginia Heritage and continues to make a
significant contribution through financial donations and the service
of its members to the local community and Virginia Mennonite