Annual Banquet


2018 Annual Banquet: Leonard Dow

“This is My Story, This is My Song”

Saturday, March 17, 6 PM

DoubleTree Resort Banquet Hall

Learn and reflect on the intersection of Lancaster County Mennonite and African American history during this year’s Annual Banquet of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, featuring Leonard Dow. He will share on the topic “This Is My Story, This Is My Song,” relating stories from his life. The banquet will be held at 6 pm on Saturday, March 17.

Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at or by calling (717) 393-9745. The deadline for registration is Saturday, March 10.

Dow was reared in Philadelphia and first encountered Mennonites at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, where he was one of thirty black students recruited to integrate the student body. He later went on to attend Eastern Mennonite University, where he still holds basketball records. He also met his wife, Rosalie Rolón, there.

Dow served as pastor at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church for nineteen years and also served as bishop of the Philadelphia district of Lancaster Mennonite Conference. He currently works for Everence Financial in Philadelphia as a stewardship and development specialist. He sees his call as using that role for the benefit of urban churches nationwide.

Melody Pannell, assistant professor of social work, will give a brief talk on her experience writing the history of Seventh Avenue Mennonite Church, Harlem, New York City.

Attendees will be treated to a performance by Franconia Conference Minister and Bishop Ertell Whigham and his ensemble, performing a blend of gospel, rhythm and blues, hymns, and black American jazz.

The banquet will take place at the DoubleTree Resort Banquet Hall, 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, Pa.

Registration closed