Cazenovia Mennonite Church (Lowpoint, Illinois, USA)

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The Cazenovia Mennonite Church, Lowpoint, Illinois, USA, began as a mission outpost of the Metamora Mennonite Church when in July 1949 it began a Sunday school in the former Cazenovia Christian Church, located about five miles north of Metamora. Jean D. Stivers, a former member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), had maintained a Sunday school at the church for 30 years after her denomination left. In 1949, she asked if the Mennonites would take over the work.

In 1957, the Illinois Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC) recognized Cazenovia Mennonite Church as an independent congregation. It was organized on 3 February 1957 with 18 charter members. That year, the congregation carried out significant remodeling of its building.


"Cazenovia Mennonite Church: historical sketch." Gospel Herald 52, no. 17 (28 April 1959): 393.

"The church building at Cazenovia...." Gospel Herald 50, no. 43 (22 October 1957): 900.

Smith, Willard H. Mennonites in Illinois. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, 24. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1983: 214, 543.

"Metamora, Illinois." Gospel Herald 43, no. 3 (17 January 1950): 71.

Additional Information

Address: 1394 County Road 1800 N, Lowpoint, Illinois 61545

Phone: 309-923-6621


Denominational Affiliations: Illinois Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Cazenovia Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Vernon E. Schertz (1925-2013) 1949-1955
Melvin E. Hamilton (1918-2008) 1956-1960
Roy C. Bucher (1920-2006)(Interim) 1960-1962
Wayne D. King (1931-2021) 1962-1966
Paul N. Miller (1913-2000) 1969-1971
Joseph M. "Joe" Diener (1932-2017) 1973-1977
Valentine "Val" Swartendruber (1909-1996) 1978-1983
Noah B. Helmuth (1924-2021) 1983-1986
Dennis Kennell 1986-

Cazenovia Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1957 18
1960 21
1970 44
1980 54
1990 68
2000 79
2009 82
2020 70


Map:Cazenovia Mennonite Church (Lowpoint, Illinois)

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Melvin Gingerich. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1071. All rights reserved.

The Cazenovia Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) was established in 1949 and had a membership of 21 in 1958. Melvin Hamilton was its pastor.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2024

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Cazenovia Mennonite Church (Lowpoint, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2024. Web. 17 Apr 2024.,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=178095.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (January 2024). Cazenovia Mennonite Church (Lowpoint, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 April 2024, from,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=178095.

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