Rock Creek Bible Church (Congerville, Illinois, USA)

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The Congerville Mennonite Church (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches), located in Woodford County, Illinois, was the first Amish church to be established in a village. A few Mennonite families moved into the community and opened a Sunday school in 1891. In January 1896 Peter Schantz organized the congregation at this place. In 1917 the remodeled church earlier purchased from the Christian Church and moved into Congerville was rededicated. When the Central Illinois Conference of Mennonites was formed in 1908 Congerville was a charter member. The congregation had 100 members in 1951. In 1999 the congregation had 334 members; the pastor was Arthur John Simpson, Jr.

In 2000 the congregation withdrew from the General Conference Mennonite Church and joined the Evangelical Mennonite Church (now Fellowship of Evangelical Churches).

In the early 2010s, the church changed its name to Rock Creek Bible Church. Sometime after 2013 it appeared to withdraw from the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches and became an independent congregation.


Rich, Elaine Sommers, ed. Walking Together in Faith: The Central District Conference, 1957-1990. Bluffton, Ohio: The Conference, 2003.

Smith, Willard. Mennonites in Illinois. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1983: 92, 98, 335, 340, 478, 535.

Additional Information

Address: 307 East Kauffman Street, Congerville, Illinois 61729

Phone: 309-448-2319


Denominational Affiliation:

Pastoral Leaders at Rock Creek Bible Church

Name Years
of Service
Lee J. Lantz (1873-1970) 1899-1908
George Gundy (1880-1951) 1909-1925
Reuben J. Zehr (1899-1972) 1925-1928
Joseph H. King (1861-1935) 1928-1935
John F. Smith 1935-1941
Paul Tschetter 1941-1945
Raymond M. Yoder (1914-1983) 1946-1957
Joseph E. Atherton (1921-2002) 1957-1967
David Loewen 1967-1970
Jerry Quiring 1970-1971
J. Leon Martin (1922-2008) 1971-1981
Lawrence Reel (1944- ) 1981
Brian Arbuckle 1981-1982
David Block 1983-1986
Edwin J. "Jack" Stalter (1922-2006)(Interim)
LeRoy Redding 1987-1989
Duane Heinold 1989
Arthur J. "Art" Simpson 1991-2000
Phil Bachman 2001-2022
Paul Forgette 2022-

Membership at Rock Creek Bible Church

Year Membership
1950 74
1960 134
1970 150
1980 216
1990 167
2000 334

Author(s) Grace Miller
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published January 2023

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Miller, Grace and Samuel J. Steiner. "Rock Creek Bible Church (Congerville, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2023. Web. 16 Jun 2024.,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=174554.

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Miller, Grace and Samuel J. Steiner. (January 2023). Rock Creek Bible Church (Congerville, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 June 2024, from,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=174554.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 689-690. All rights reserved.

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