The Stauffer Mennonites are a group of Old Order Mennonites. They are also called “Team Mennonites”, because they use horse drawn transportation. In 2008 there were 13 Stauffer Mennonite congregations with about 1300 adult members. In 1959 there were 2 congregations with 218 adult members, and in 1936 there were 161.
The original church was founded in 1845 when a split occurred in the Mennonite Conference in Lancaster County, PA. The more conservative group formed a new church called Piker Mennonites because their meeting house stood near an old turnpike. The original "Pikers" then split into the Stauffer Mennonites and the Weaver Mennonites, who are less conservative.
Customs and Beliefs
As of 2010, these groups are among the most conservative of all Mennonites of Swiss and south German ancestry outside the Amish. They stress strict separation from “the world”, avoid excommunicated members (shunning), forbid or limit cars and technology much like the Amish, and wear very plain clothing. They do not wear beards, which is one source of conflict between them and the Scottsville (Hoover) Mennonites. They are now considered to be part of the larger less-conservative Horse and Buggy Old Order Mennonite movement which formed from later schisms.
- Donald Kraybill: Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites, page 258.
- Scott, Stephen (1996), An Introduction to Old Order and Conservative Mennonite Groups, Intercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books, ISBN 1-56148-101-7
- Stauffer Mennonite Church in Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online