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History of U.B. Churches in Harrisonburg-Staunton Region December 26, 2013

The 1831 Virginia Annual Conference met at Mill Creek, Shenandoah Co., Va., April 27th,
Bishop Henry Kumler presiding. Beginning in 1831, the Minutes were written in English and were
published. Conference of 1831 had 28 members, 18 of which attended the meetings. At this
conference, Jacob J. Glossbrenner, Jacob Haas, Frederick Hisey, and William Miller were granted
Conference License to Preach—notable because J. J. Glossbrenner, ordained in 1833, eventually became
a bishop. In 1832 the Conference was divided into two districts, Maryland and Virginia, with George
Patterson the presiding elder for Virginia.

Conference of 1834 met at Jennings Branch Meeting House (Churchville), Va., April 21st,
Bishop William Brown presiding. In 1834 J. J. Glossbrenner became Presiding Elder of Virginia
District.

Great Meetings. Reference to “great meetings” (in addition to the annual conference) occurs as
early as 1800. Such meetings (10-20 per year) were presumably revivals or, perhaps, meetings of the
preachers in various localities. The first U.B. camp meeting was held August 11, 1815, in Franklin Co.,
Pa., and held at least annually thereafter. Three camp meetings were ordered for 1819; the one held in
Rockingham County September 9, 1819, was the first U.B. camp meeting in Virginia. In 1819 Jacob
Baulus was the first presiding elder appointed explicitly for Virginia (the Virginia District), and William
Brown and Conrad Weist were simultaneously appointed as preachers for the district.5 In 1820 George
Guething was appointed the Virginia District Presiding Elder, and Daniel Pfeifer and Jacob Dunahoo
were appointed as the districts two (traveling) preachers. Rev. Isaac Niswander’s death was reported in
1821, and John Brown of Virginia was ordained at that conference.

In 1821 another precedent was set, in which presiding elders were set by the Conference “to
select the traveling preachers” (presumably some or all were then appointed by the bishop)—
consultation among the district superintendents and bishops for appointments continues to this day.
Another important note involves salary, which was apparently pooled and distributed by Conference:
“Received during the year for the support of the itinerancy,6 $439.67. Each preacher received $73.21.”
(The appointments in 1820 had been Snyder, W. Brown, Weist, J. Brown, Pfeifer, and Dunahoo.)7
Finally, the Conference of 1821 first addressed the issue of support for “poor traveling and worn-out and

5 The other three districts were Hagerstown, Juniata, and Lancaster.

6 It is possible that some of the funds reported by the Committee on Itinerants were supplied by lay members of the
various churches and their local (not traveling) preachers. Apparently, none of the funds received went to the presiding
elders.

7 One of the nine preachers appointed in 1821 was apparently married, for the 1822 report was the following: “Committee
on itinerants reported they had secured during the year for the support of ministers, $620.50, which, divided, gave to
every married preacher, $124.10; to every single preacher, $62.05.” The 1824 report was: “Money collected for
traveling preachers, $618. Paid to William Brown, $119 [married, preaching 10 months]; to John Brown, $142.70
[married]; to Henry Burtner, Gideon Smith, and Conrad Weist, each, $71.37 [single]; to Daniel Pfeifer, $59.50 [single,
preaching 10 months]; to Jacob Erb, $47.58 [single, preaching 8 months]; to Christian Traub, $35.71 [single, preaching
6 months].

I.A.2 Brethren Confession of Faith 9
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