Arthur Mennonite Church (Arthur, Illinois, USA)

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Arthur Mennonite Church Source: Church web site

The Arthur Mennonite Church had its beginning in October 1936 when a group of workers from the East Bend congregation near Fisher, Illinois, began services in the Obie Bontrager home in Arthur. The first series of meetings was also held there in December of the same year by J. A. Heiser. In the fall of 1938 H. J. King and family moved to Arthur from Harper, Kansas, and took charge of the work. In the spring of 1948 Richard Yordy and wife came to assist in the work. The group was organized into a congregation in the Illinois Conference of the Mennonite Church on 15 September 1940, by Bishops C. A. Hartzler and J. A. Heiser, with a charter membership of fifty-six. The 1953 membership was 241. A new church was dedicated in May 1949. The group at that time was almost entirely of Old Order Amish background and drawn from the neighboring Amish community.

Additional Information

Address: 710 E Park Street, Arthur, IL 61911

Phone: 217-543-2781

Web site:

Denominational Affiliations:

Illinois Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Author(s) Henry J King
Date Published 1953

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King, Henry J. "Arthur Mennonite Church (Arthur, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 26 Sep 2020.,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=139752.

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King, Henry J. (1953). Arthur Mennonite Church (Arthur, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 September 2020, from,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=139752.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 172. All rights reserved.

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