Albany Park Mennonite Church (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

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The Manor Community Church, Chicago, Illinois, USA began services in North Chicago in 1984 on Sunday evenings in a Baptist church. The church reflected the diversity of its neighborhood, where over 50 languages were spoken. Among the 35 people who attended were Hispanics, Anglos and African Americans, Mennonites, Catholics, and Lutherans.

Gary Martin served as the initial halftime pastor, with Ulli Klemm as a pastoral intern. The Illinois Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC) and the Central District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church provided financial support. The congregation formally organized on 26 August 1984.

During its brief life, the church provided sanctuary for undocumented Salvadorans, organized a community food pantry, ministered to youths involved in gang activity, and served as an urban training site for seminary students.

In 1987 the congregation changed its name to Albany Park Mennonite Church.

After its pastor resigned in October 1990, the congregation decided to close due to dwindling numbers and inadequate resources.


"Manor Community Church." The Mennonite 101, no. 10 (27 May 1986): 224.

Rich, Elaine Sommers, ed. Walking Together in Faith: The Central District Conference, 1957-1990. Bluffton, Ohio: The Conference, 2003: 83.

"Two new congregations...." The Mennonite 100, no. 4 (28 February 1985): 86.

Additional Information

Address: 4500 North Spaulding, Chicago, Illinois



Denominational Affiliations: Central District Conference

Illinois Mennonite Conference

Pastoral Leaders at Albany Park Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Gary Martin 1985-1986
Ulli Klemm 1985-1990

Membership at Albany Park Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1986 20
1990 15

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published December 2022

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Albany Park Mennonite Church (Chicago, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2022. Web. 29 Nov 2023.,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=174464.

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