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Object Name Papers, Personal
Manuscript Collection # Hist. Mss. 259
Title Richard C. Detweiler Papers
Creator Detweiler, Richard C., 1924-1991
Year Range from 1900
Year Range to 1991
Scope & Content Size: 22.5 linear feet (23 boxes)

Richard C. Detweiler (1924-1991): pastor, bishop, educator and administrator. Born 26 September 1924 to Elmer M. and Lillian Clemmer Detweiler of Souderton, PA, and given the name James Richard Clemmer Detweiler. The name James was not used in adulthood. Richard was married to Mary Jane Rudy Detweiler (1926-2005). He died 23 September 1991.

Ordained by lot to serve the Perkasie Mennonite congregation in 1948, Richard was ordained bishop for the eastern district of Franconia Mennonite Conference in 1954. He was a leader in the beginnings of Mennonite youth ministry in the 1940s and was principal of Franconia Mennonite School (now Penn View Christian School) 1949-1954. In 1954 he became the first principal of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and served in that position until 1966, while continuing to pastor the Perkasie congregation and pursuing graduate degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1967 to 1980 he was pastor of Souderton Mennonite Church, following which he served as President of Eastern Mennonite College and Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia from 1981 to 1987. After a short interim pastorate at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Richard and Mary Jane returned to Pennsylvania and the Franconia Conference, where he served as administrative overseer and led the conference's pastoral training program until his early death from cancer in 1991.

Detweiler's papers include correspondence, family and personal papers and photos, and a great number of documents from his areas of ministry and educational work.

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Object ID # 1992.21.5
Source Gift of Mary Jane Rudy Detweiler, in memory of Richard C. Detweiler
People Detweiler, Elmer M., 1901-1965
Detweiler, Lillian M. Clemmer, 1901-1976
Detweiler, Mary Jane Rudy, 1926-2005
Detweiler, Richard C., 1924-1991
Detweiler, Robert C., 1932-2008
Freed, John L., 1930-1999
King, Aaron M., 1922-2011
King, Elizabeth "Betty" C. Detweiler, 1928-2010
Lapp, John Edwin, 1905-1988
Leatherman, Virginia R. Zimmerman, 1907-1997
Reimer, Margaret W. Lapp, 1928-1993
Rush, Sara L., 1913-1979
Swartley, Henry M., 1926-1988
Swartzentruber, Clayton Laban, 1928-2010
Wenger, John Christian, 1910-1995
Wenger, Warren Martin, 1921-2005
Collection Richard C. Detweiler Papers