East Peoria Mennonite Church (East Peoria, Illinois, USA)

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The Highway Village Mennonite Church, East Peoria, Illinois, USA, began in 1937 as a Sunday school sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church. C. A. Magnuson headed the work until 1945. In 1951, the Illinois Mennonite Mission Board took over responsibility for the mission. Eventually, the congregation became independent.

Over the years, the membership was composed primarily of persons with no Mennonite background. Consequently, the congregation became flexible on policies like dress regulations, use of musical instruments, and nonresistance. The church taught nonresistance but did not make it a test of membership.

In about 1989, the congregation changed its name to East Peoria Mennonite Church.


Smith, Willard H. Mennonites in Illinois. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, 24. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1983: 213, 487.

Additional Information

Address: 125 North Norwood Place, East Peoria, Illinois 61611

Phone: 309-699-8713

Website: https://www.facebook.com/epmennonite/

Denominational Affiliations:

Illinois Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at East Peoria Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Carl A. "C. A." Magnusen (1894-1975) 1937-1945
Wilfred D. Ulrich (1920-2015) 1945-1947
Paul A. Friesen (1923-2022) 1947-1951
Robert L. Harnish (1925-2022) 1951-1973
Clarence R. Sutter (1921-1998) 1973-1982
Maurice J. Yordy 1983-2006
John Gray 2006-2013
Tim Peebles (Transitional) 2013-2015
Kimberly A. Litwiller 2015-2021
Lay Leadership 2022-

East Peoria Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 13
1960 49
1970 75
1980 73
1990 68
2000 89
2009 70
2020 50

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2024

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Steiner, Samuel J. "East Peoria Mennonite Church (East Peoria, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2024. Web. 17 Apr 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=East_Peoria_Mennonite_Church_(East_Peoria,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=178618.

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