First Norwood Mennonite Church (Peoria, Illinois, USA)

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First Norwood Mennonite Church, Peoria, Illinois, USA, began in 1959 as an outreach of the Ann Street Mennonite Church and the Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church. Initially, the group met in the home of Lester and Marietta Sutter. Most participants had no Mennonite background, but they soon rallied to help build a church, beginning in 1961. The congregation dedicated the building on Thanksgiving Day in 1962.


"Brother Lester L. Sutter...." Gospel Herald 54, no. 33 (22 August 1961): 747.

"Norwood, Ill." Gospel Herald 56, no. 10 (12 March 1963): 216.

"Norwood is a suburb...." Gospel Herald 52, no. 40 (13 October 1959): 876.

Smith, Willard H. Mennonites in Illinois. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, 24. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1983: 217, 545

Additional Information

Address: 6605 West Jones Road, Norwood, Illinois 61604

Phone: 309-673-3026


Denominational Affiliations: Illinois Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at First Norwood Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Lester L. Sutter (1924-2021) 1959-1976
Vernon D. Isner 1976-1981
Walter E. Smeltzer 1981-1987?
Lay Leadership 1987?-1991
Arlin G. Claassen 1991-2001?
Harold J. Baer (1946-2015) 2001?-2015?
Rickie L. Hiatt 2006-

First Norwood Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1962 14
1970 39
1980 37
1990 14
2000 42
2009 50
2020 33

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2024

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