CrossPoint Church (East Peoria, Illinois, USA)

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The Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church, located between Morton and Peoria, Illinois, began as a Sunday school on 21 November 1920. John Roth started the effort in a two-room schoolhouse on Pleasant Hill. The Illinois Mennonite Mission Board organized a mission outreach on 8 March 1924. In 1930, the Stoeker family donated land across from the schoolhouse used by the congregation, and a 19th-century building that had served the former Harmony Mennonite Church was disassembled and moved from near Eureka, Illinois, to serve as the first meetinghouse. It was dedicated 28 December 1930. The Illinois Mennonite Conference recognized Pleasant Hill as an independent congregation in September 1931.

In 1937 the young congregation began a Sunday school mission at Highway Village in East Peoria. That congregation, later known as the East Peoria Mennonite Church, became an independent congregation in the 1950s.

The congregation constructed a new building in 1965 and dedicated it on 22 August 1965.

By the beginning of the 21st century, Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church faced serious challenges; it was shrinking with an aging population. A new independent church plant had begun in a school building adjacent to the Pleasant Hill church. The two groups began to converse in 2002 and, in January 2003, merged as CrossPoint Church, an independent, non-denominational church. The church building on Pleasant Hill Road became the new home of CrossPoint. The adjacent school building and six acres of land became available in March 2003, and CrossPoint was able to purchase it for only $100,000.


"Dedication services...." Gospel Herald 58, no. 32 (17 August 1965): 728.

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Additional Information

Address: 400 South Pleasant Hill Road, East Peoria, Illinois 61611

Phone: 309-699-6768


Denominational Affiliations: Illinois Mennonite Conference (until 2003)

Mennonite Church USA (until 2003)

Superintendents & Pastoral Leaders at CrossPoint Church

Name Years
of Service
John Roth (1884-1969)(Superintendent) 1920-1924
S. Jay Hostetler (1901-1978)(Superintendent) 1925-1926
Carl A. Magnuson (1894-1975)(Superintendent) 1926-1928
John D. Conrad (1878-1958)(Superintendent) 1928-1930
Visiting ministers 1931-1935
J. Norman Kaufman (1880-1966) 1935-1945
Roy D. Roth (1921-2005) 1945-1951
Roy C. Bucher (1920-2006) 1951-1955
D. Richard Miller 1956-1958
Wayne D. King (1931-2021) 1958-1962
Paul O. King (1921-2016) 1962-1970
Stanlee D. Kauffman 1970-1976
Lester Zook 1975-1979
Jason "James" Detweiler (1926-1994)(Interim) 1979-1980
Terry Rediger 1981-1989
Robert R. Coon (1931-2021) 1989-1993
Terry Rogers 1993-after 2001

CrossPoint Church Membership

Year Members
1924 19
1930 11
1940 104
1950 134
1960 98
1970 78
1980 65
1990 35
2001 28

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Roy D. Roth. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 190. All rights reserved.

Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), earlier known as the Pleasant Hill Rural Mission, a mem­ber of the Illinois Mennonite Conference, and located about 4 miles northwest of Morton, and 5 miles southeast of Peoria, Illinois, was organized as a congregation on 8 March 1924. In 1958 it had a membership of 91, with Wayne King as pastor.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published March 2024

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