North Carolina speaker and historical tour is CMBS focus

Highlighting the limited history of the Mennonite Brethren denomination in the eastern United States and casting a vision for the future, Terry Hunt, district minister of the North Carolina Mennonite Brethren Conference, will be the keynote speaker at the annual spring dinner meeting of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College.

The dinner will be May 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center lobby.

“We are pleased that Dr. Hunt has agreed to come to Kansas and speak at our annual spring dinner,” Goertzen said. “It is an honor and we look forward to hearing of the history of the early African-American Mennonites who lived in the region and their dreams for ministry in the future.”

The North Carolina conference has its beginnings with a local couple, Henry V. and Elizabeth Wiebe from the Springfield Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church near Lehigh in 1899.

Earlier in the day, CMBS is offering the Mennonite Heritage Tour at 11:45 a.m. Goertzen will be the interpretative tour guide, offering insight and narrative to significant historical sites in the area.

The tour will be accommodated on a 48-passenger bus, following a light, Low-German lunch in the historic church on the Tabor College campus.

At this location, a brief history will be given of the Polish Mennonites of the French Creek area near Hillsboro, some of whom founded the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Other stops during the afternoon tour will include: the Gnadenau KMB village, orphanage and cemetery site; Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church; Walton historic marker; Goessel Mennonite Brethren church site and cemetery; Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church; Springfield KMB church site and cemetery, and Spring Valley Mennonite Church.

The tour is scheduled to conclude at the Historic Church by 5 p.m. Tour tickets are $25 each. Seating is limited. Tabor students are eligible for scholarships.

Dinner tickets are $15.

Reservations for the tour and/or the dinner need to be made by April 30 by contacting CMBS director Peggy Goertzen at 620-947-3121, ext. 1211 or ext. 1212, or by e-mail at

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