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Hopewell Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), located in the village of Kouts, Porter County, Indiana, is a member of the Indiana-Michigan Conference. The original Mennonite settlers in this area came largely from Hopedale, Illinois, and Nebraska, beginning in 1916. They built their first meetinghouse in 1919, just south of the village, and in 1952 a new house of worship at the northern edge of the village. The most outstanding leader of the church was Bishop Jacob Z. Birky (1855-1926), who was born at Morton, Illinois, and ordained preacher in Nebraska in 1895, and bishop in 1902. He located at Kouts, Indiana, in 1920. He was a brother of Bishop John C. Birky (1849-1920); of Hopedale, Illinois. The membership in 1954 was 207, with pastor Samuel S. Miller.

In 2007 the membership was 188; Bill Beck was the lead pastor.

Additional Information

Address: 805 North Main Street, Kouts, Indiana

Phone: 219-766-2184

Denominational affiliations:

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA


Author(s) John C Wenger
Date Published 1956


Cite This Article

MLA style

Wenger, John C. "Hopewell Mennonite Church (Kouts, Indiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 13 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hopewell_Mennonite_Church_(Kouts,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=82228.

APA style

Wenger, John C. (1956). Hopewell Mennonite Church (Kouts, Indiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hopewell_Mennonite_Church_(Kouts,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=82228.




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