Christ Community Mennonite Church (Schaumburg, Illinois, USA)

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The Schaumburg-Palatine Mennonite Church in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA began in 1988 as an outreach to a growing suburban area northwest of Chicago's O'Hare airport. It was a project of the Chicago Area Mennonites that initiated a feasibility study in 1986. LeRoy and Pauline Kennel led the initial core group of about 20 people who met at the Tamarack Retirement Residences every Sunday evening for study, worship, and fellowship. Efforts included telemarketing to 22,000 phones. Eighty persons attended the first public worship service, but only 30 as a result of the telemarketing.

The group, which changed its name to Christ Community Church by the end of 1988, met at the Schaumburg High School and later at a community center. By 1992, the congregation called itself Christ Community Mennonite Church.

In 1993, the congregation bought a two-acre historic property that included a house and a large barn. The house provided living space for the pastors, along with a church office, a counseling center, and a small Ten Thousand Villages outlet. By the late 1990s, the congregation began exploring renovating the barn to serve as its meetinghouse. The Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church of Inman, Kansas, helped to partner in the project. After the barn renovation was complete, the congregation used it for worship and instituted the Big Barn Preschool program.

In 2023 the preschool continued, and the house on the property contained a Gifts of the World shop and Transitions Counseling. ​

By 1990, the congregation had joined both the Illinois Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC) and the Central District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church. In 2009 the congregation withdrew from the Central District Conference and remained only with the Illinois Mennonite Conference.

In 2023 the congregation was part of the Illinois Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA.


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Additional Information

Address: 888 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60193

Phone: 847-895-3654


Denominational Affiliations: Illinois Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Christ Community Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
LeRoy E. Kennel (1930-2019) 1988-2009
Pauline Kennel 1990-2009
Janice Kennel Ropp (Counselling) 1996-present
John Bushi (Evangelism) 2002-2004?
Libby Conley 2010-2013
Lay Leadership 2014
Amy Aschliman 2015-2021
Suzanne Ford 2021-present

Membership at Christ Community Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1990 20
2000 52
2009 50
2020 20

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2023

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Christ Community Mennonite Church (Schaumburg, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2023. Web. 27 Feb 2024.,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=178274.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (January 2023). Christ Community Mennonite Church (Schaumburg, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 February 2024, from,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=178274.

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