Clinton Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (St. Johns, Michigan, USA)

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A small congregation was located near St. Johns in Clinton County, Michigan, USA during the 1880s and 1890s. The John Peters family and Jacob L. Litwiller family, who had immigrated from Ontario, Canada, in the early 1870s to Reed City, Michigan, moved to Clinton County in 1883. F. C. Fricke, who had immigrated from Germany with his parents as a small child, was converted and baptized here in 1882 by John Holdeman. Names of other families who lived here are Diller, Eicher, Haynes, Kuepfer, and Miller. On 7 January 1892, Jacob L. Litwiller was ordained as a minister and served as the local minister until 1902, when he moved to Gratiot Couty. On 31 October 1893, F. C. Fricke and Peter B. Litwiller were ordained to the ministry by John Holdeman at Jacob L. Litwiller's home.

Worship services were held in the homes or the Greenbush Township School. Burials were in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Most of the members moved to the Newark congregation in Gratiot County in the early 1890s. Peter B. Litwiller's journal lists only 11 members partaking of communion in 1894. The Jacob L. Litwiller family moved to Gratiot County in 1902. Soon the little Clinton County congregation was dissolved. A few weathered tombstones in the little Greenwood Cemetery on the hill are all that remain of this congregation.


Histories of the congregations. 3rd. ed. Moundridge, Kansas: Gospel Publishers, 1999: 356.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2021

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