Flanagan Mennonite Church (Flanagan, Illinois, USA)

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The Flanagan Mennonite Church was the first new church organized by the Joseph Stuckey Amish Mennonite group. The Flanagan Sunday school began in 1876, and the church organized in 1878 when the congregation ordained Christian Rediger as minister. He had arrived from Germany in 1867.

Arthur Slagel of this congregation was one of the first three relief workers sent to Russia in 1920 by the new Mennonite Central Committee.

The members met in homes or in a district schoolhouse until 1882, when they built a meetinghouse 2.5 miles southwest of Flanagan.

In 1965 Flanagan initially explored the possibility of merging with nearby Mennonite congregations, including Waldo Mennonite, Meadows Mennonite, and the Salem Evangelical Mennonite churches. Leland Harder of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries led a study, but no action resulted.

In 1999 merger discussions again began with Waldo Mennonite Church, and on 15 April 2001, the two congregations merged, forming Prairieview Mennonite Church. The congregation is located at the former Waldo site.


Hochstetler, Wayne. "Historic vote merges two congregations." Central District Reporter 45, no. 2 (April-May 2001): 7.

Rich, Elaine Sommers, ed. Walking Together in Faith: The Central District Conference, 1957-1990. Bluffton, Ohio: The Conference, 2003: 158-159.

Smith, Willard H. Mennonites in Illinois. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, 24. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1983: 96, 537.

Weber, Harry F. Centennial History of the Mennonites of Illinois 1829-1929. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite history, 3. Goshen, Ind: Mennonite Historical Society, 1931: 466-467. Available in full electronic text at https://archive.org/details/centennialhistor00webe.

Additional Information

Address: 2962 E500 North Road, Flanagan, Illinois



Denominational Affiliations: Central District Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Flanagan Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Christian Rediger (1849-1938)
William Egle (1860-1944) 1883-1887
Stephen Stahly (1842-1916)
Joseph B. Zehr (1853-1940)
Emanuel C. Ulrich (1890-1961)
Earl L. Salzman (1895-1961) 1958-1961
Robert R. Coon (1931-2021) 1961-1965
Donald K. Nester (1936-2001) 1965-1972
Lotus E. Troyer (1915-1994) 1972-1984
James "Jim" Egli 1984-1992
Robert E. Bodem (1945-2020) 1993-1995
Steven R. Estes (1956-2009) 1995-2001

Membership at Flanagan Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1950 76
1960 79
1970 83
1980 86
1990 83
2000 69

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Raymond L. Hartzler. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 334. All rights reserved.

The Flanagan Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite), a member of the Central District Conference (formerly known as Central Conference of Mennonites), located about two miles southwest of Flanagan, Illinois, began as a Sunday school for Amish residents in the vicinity.  In 1878 the congregation was organized with Christian Rediger as its pastor. Four years later a church was built. Succeeding ministers and/or bishops were Stephen Stahley 1885-1916, Joseph Zehr 1890-1934, Emanuel Ulrich, beginning service in 1918. A full schedule of regular Sunday services was carried on in 1954, with a membership of 79.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published December 2022

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