Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community

Celebrating 300 Years of God’s Faithfulness

District: Valley-Mountain PA-East

Location: East Earl, PA

Date of Founding: 1723

Average Sunday Worship Attendance:

Worship Service:
Sunday school for all ages – 9:30 am
Sunday worship – 8:00 am & 10:30 am

Leadership Team:
Brian Martin, Lead Pastor; Al Stoltzfus, Pastor of Discipleship & Outreach; Dale Zimmerman, Pastor of Life and Student Ministries; Abigail Huber, Director of Children’s Ministries; Josh Lapp, Director of Keegan Ministries (middle school); Steve Martin, Pastor of Worship Arts; Rodney Horst, Pastor of Care Ministries

Brian Martin has served Weaverland full-time as Lead Pastor since 2005. Brian’s heart and passion are connecting persons and the local community with Jesus Christ in daily life. He earned a Master of Arts in Church Leadership from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Hobbies include enjoying the outdoors, hunting, and reading. Brian and his wife, Shirley, are parents of four grown children and thoroughly enjoy their grandchildren.

Throughout 2023, Weaverland had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate 300 years since our founding in 1723. The focus was Celebrating 300 Years of God’s Faithfulness—Remembering our Story…Pressing Forward in Christ. Each month, stories were told from our 300-year history. The first story dates back to the Revolutionary War and the arrest of Weaverland and Groffdale members who provided food and lodging to escaping British soldiers. Such stories testified to God’s faithfulness despite trial, hardship, and suffering. The celebration culminated with a significant weekend event on October 7-8, which included bus tours of the Weaverland Valley, a panel of six retired Weaverland leaders sharing memories and exhortation, and a fellowship meal provided by our Blaze youth group. Keynote speakers included Kenneth Sensenig, John L. Ruth, L. Keith Weaver, and Rodney Martin. 

Although Weaverland celebrates its 300th year, the average age of participants is thirty-two. On Sundays, over 110 children from Pre-K through Grade 6 attend the church’s activities, while around 200 students participate in Wednesday evening events. The church also has many senior members, with 152 people over 60. The diversity of ages is considered a gift and a strength. The church also offers a vibrant Sunday school program with eighteen classes for youth and adults. Notably, eighty-seven percent of those who attend Weaverland are actively involved in the Sunday school program.
Weaverland’s mission of Restoring Lives by Encountering Christ continues. Outreach occurs at The Hearth, which reaches 70-100 women bi-weekly; Grief Share and Cancer Support groups; professional on-site counseling; posted podcasts and blogs; Vacation Bible School; a Day Camp reaching 160 campers from the community; and a Community Fall Celebration on October 31st, where 1,000 persons were offered a safe family space on a spiritually dark night. Visit us at www.weaverland.org

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