About This Website
This website is operated privately by Cory Anderson, a member of a Beachy Amish-Mennonite church. Unless other authorship is noted, all material published herein is authored by him. The website functions as a relatively static entity, and though monitored , the website is changed infrequently. The last major update to content was December 2013. To cite material on this website, use an entry similar to the following:
Anderson, Cory. 2013. “Frequently Asked Questions.” The Beachy Amish Mennonites. Retrieved 4 January 2014 (http://www.beachyam.org/FAQs.htm)
History of the BeachyAM.org Website
The BeachyAM.org website started May 2005 to serve as a collecting place for unpublished and rare Beachy Amish-Mennonite writings, with an emphasis on scholarly research. As the site grew, visitors often expressed interest in basic, introductory material about the Beachy Amish-Mennonites. Some also expressed an interest in locating a Beachy Amish-Mennonite church (or similar plain Anabaptist congregation) to visit. Thus, the a second purpose emerged, to provide basic information about the Beachy Amish-Mennonite, including the location of a nearby Beachy Amish-Mennonite or other plain Anabaptist church. The first church request was answered in December of 2005. Meanwhile, the collection of resources and papers continued to grow, and is today the most extensive collection of Beachy Amish-Mennonite writings on the internet. In 2007, the present web design was adopted. In late 2013, the basic design was reworked modestly to improve navigation and display.
At present, the main labor of this website is answering requests for church locations. Corrections and other feedback are welcome. Please use this form (new church requests will not be answered with that form, but rather should be submitted here).
About the BeachyAM.org Website’s Owner and Manager
I was brought up without regular church attendance. At the age of 12, I started attending a local Baptist church and was baptized at the age of 14. At 17, I worked at Harpers Ferry National Park in West Virginia, where I was first exposed to conservative Mennonites, who visited the park. When I went to the web to locate a nearby church, I could find no resource to direct me to one (hence, the present offering). At 18, I happened upon Beachy Amish-Mennonite church in Virginia and joined the church a couple years later.
While attending and eventually joining the Beachy Amish-Mennonites, I completed a B.S. in geography at James Madison University with minors in Urban/Regional Studies and Music. I then pursued and received an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2009 I moved to Ohio to pursue a Ph.D. in rural sociology, where my research focuses on the social structure and social change of the plain Anabaptists, with a particular emphasis on the Amish-Mennonites.
I am a co-editor of the Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies (JAPAS), which is a free, open-access online journal. You may purchase hard copies as well. To be notified by email when new issues are released, sign up for the JAPAS listserv.
On August 22, 2010, I married Jennifer, also of non-plain background. While I had spent my years among the Beachys, she spent hers among the conservative Mennonites.
If you need to get in touch with me , you can use this form.
The following are a selection of my writings. You can find information for most of these in the general library and archives.
Anderson, Cory. 2013(2010). The Ornament of a Spirit: Exploring the Reasons Covering Styles Change (2nd edition). Medina, NY: Ridgeway Publishing. Purchase
Anderson, Cory. 2013. “An Evangelical Reorientation: The Contribution of Beachy Amish-Mennonite Mothers.” Pp. 236-55 in Mothering Mennonite, edited by Rachel Epp Buller and Kerry Fast. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.
Anderson, Cory, and Joseph Donnermeyer. 2013. “Where Are the Plain Anabaptists?” Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies 1(1):1-25. External link
Anderson, Cory. 2013. “Who Are the Plain Anabaptists? What Are the Plain Anabaptists?” Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies 1(1):26-71. External link
Anderson, Cory. 2012. The Amish-Mennonites of North America: A Portrait of Our People. Medina, NY: Ridgeway Publishing. More information. Purchase
Anderson, Cory. 2012. “Beachy Amish-Mennonite.” in Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online, edited by Sam Steiner. Waterloo, ON: Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO). External link
Anderson, Cory. 2011. “Congregation or Conference? The Development of Beachy Amish Polity and Identity.” Mennonite Historical Bulletin 72(1):12-15. Download
Anderson, Cory. 2011. “Retracing the Blurred Boundaries of the Twentieth-Century 'Amish-Mennonite' Identity." Mennonite Quarterly Review 85(3):361-412. [Reprinted in The Amish-Mennonites of North America; see above.]
Anderson, Cory. 2008. Causative Factors of Crashes between a Motor Vehicle and the Amish and Old Order Mennonite Horse and Buggy. Masters thesis. Urban and Regional Planning. Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University. Download
My wife’s book: Anderson, Jennifer. 2013. Helping Children with Special Needs. Medina, NY: Ridgeway Publishing. Purchase