Catlin Mennonite Church (Peabody, Kansas, USA)

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Catlin Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) was located in Catlin Township, Marion County, Kansas, 3.5 miles (5.5 km) north, and one mile (1.5 km) west of Peabody. The first Mennonite family, the Henry Hornbergers, arrived from Pennsylvania in 1873. Among the later settlers who arrived by 1886 appear such names as Cockley, Evers, Doerr, Snyder, Dohner, Wismer, Newcomer, Shelley, Beck, and Gish. They came from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, and Ontario. The congregation was organized before 1880. A Sunday school was organized in 1888. In 1886, when a church was built, the membership of the congregation was 65. The first minister was John Evers, who was ordained in Virginia in 1859. Its first bishop was Daniel Brundage, the pioneer Mennonite bishop of Kansas. During the earlier period of the congregation, fellowship was enjoyed with two small Mennonite settlements in Marion County, the one near Canada, the other near Marion Center. Both of these small settlements are now extinct. It was at the Catlin Church in the 1899 session of the Kansas-Nebraska conference, after a heated discussion, that the possibility of the reception of the Holy Spirit subsequent to conversion was accepted. This action caused serious difficulty in Kansas Mennonite circles later. The 1953 membership was 21. Laurence Horst was serving as pastor at that time. 

The Catlin Mennonite Church closed in 1961, but the cemetery remained. Paul Friesen served as interim pastor at the congregation during its last years. Many of Catlin's remaining members chose to worship at the Hesston College Mennonite Church, or the Whitestone Mennonite Church. A detailed historic monument has been erected on the site of the church. The congregation's records are held at the Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College (North Newton, KS)

Author(s) Gideon G. Yoder
Don Stutzman
Date Published 1953

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Yoder, Gideon G. and Don Stutzman. "Catlin Mennonite Church (Peabody, Kansas, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 6 Jul 2022.,_Kansas,_USA)&oldid=86585.

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Yoder, Gideon G. and Don Stutzman. (1953). Catlin Mennonite Church (Peabody, Kansas, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 July 2022, from,_Kansas,_USA)&oldid=86585.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 535. All rights reserved.

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