Comins Community Church (Comins, Michigan, USA)

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The Comins (Michigan) Mennonite Church began as a union Sunday school sponsored by F. F. Stutesman and a number of Mennonite and Methodist families living in that vicinity. Revival meetings were held in the fall of 1924, and in the summer of 1925, separate congregations were organized, and a Mennonite church was built.

The congregation erected a church building that was dedicated on 1 November 1925. Until 1944 the congregation rented a house in Comins as parsonage, but that year it built its own parsonage on a donated lot.

On 3 July 1999, a tornado destroyed the Comins church and parsonage along with many other buildings in Comins. Pastor Terry Berg and his family were away from home at a funeral and stopped on the way home for ice cream. When they finally arrived, nothing was left. Mennonite Disaster Service helped to reconstruct the parsonage by the end of August and a new church by the end of the year.

On 24 October 2010, Comins Mennonite Church withdrew from the Central District Conference and Mennonite Church USA and continued as an independent Mennonite church. A letter from its Spiritual Life Board expressed concern "about the direction we have observed CDC and MC USA leaning toward in regards to Biblical teachings. . . ." It initiated a process to find another denomination in late 2011. By 2013 it became a member of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches.

In October 2016, the congregation changed its name to Comins Community Church.


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Comins Mennonite Church. "Newsletter" (November-December 2011). Web. 7 December 2011. [Broken link].

Doncevic, Marisa. "Blessing in disguise." Mennonite Brethren Herald 39 (12 May 2000). Web. 7 December 2011. [Broken link].

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Additional Information

Address: 4263 North First Street West, Comins, Michigan

Phone: 989-848-2909

Website: Comins Community Church

Pastoral Leaders at Comins Community Church

Name Years
of Service
Harvey E. Nunemaker (1893-1972) 1926-1931
Frank R. Mitchell (1896-1972) 1931-1941
Paul Kreft 1942-1945
LaVerne Rutschman (1919-2018) 1946-1947
Amos M. Eash (1883-1952) 1947-1948
Joseph E. Atherton (1921-2002) 1949-1955
Archie Kliewer 1955-1960
Rudolf C. Martens (1926-2013) 1960-1965
Walter H. Regier (1915-1998) 1965-1968
Paul H. Diller 1969-1976
Russell R. Welty (1924-2011) 1977-1989
Thomas E. "Tom" Voth 1989-1996
Terry L. Berg 1997-2000
Robert Martz 2000-2004
Steve Gusler (Interim) 2005?-2006?
John Nelson King 2005?-?
Kevin Salsbury 2007?-present

Membership at Comins Community Church

Year Membership
1950 164
1960 98
1970 161
1980 98
1990 106
2000 92
2008 103


Map:Comins Mennonite Church (Comins, Michigan)

Author(s) Grace Miller
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published August 2022

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Miller, Grace and Samuel J. Steiner. "Comins Community Church (Comins, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2022. Web. 26 Feb 2024.,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=175008.

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Miller, Grace and Samuel J. Steiner. (August 2022). Comins Community Church (Comins, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 February 2024, from,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=175008.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 648. All rights reserved.

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