Who We Are
All are welcome to the
Snake Spring Valley Church of the Brethren!
We are friendly, family oriented, and intergenerational! We invite your active participation in the life of this congregation, as together we continue to grow in our faith…“Continuing the work of Jesus. Simply. Peacefully. Together.”
“In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
– Romans, 12:5 NIV
The Origin of Our Denomination
Our small rural congregation was organized in 1820 by early settlers in Snake Spring Valley, first meeting in homes. A meeting house was built in 1860, and the present church was built in 1891. Our average attendance is around 100.
The Church of the Brethren, earlier called the “Dunkers,” or German Baptist Brethren, began in 1708 near Schwarzenau, Germany, by Alexander Mack, who led a group of 8 believers with adult baptism. Of the Anabaptist and Pietist traditions, and facing religious persecution, the small group immigrated to America in 1729. The first congregation was founded in Germantown, PA. Finding freedom and new lands for their families, groups of Brethren began moving westward across the United States and establishing churches. The New Testament is our only Creed. To learn more about our denomination, check out www.Brethren.org.