Joy Fellowship Mennonite Church (Peoria, Illinois, USA)

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The Joy Fellowship Mennonite Church, Peoria, Illinois, USA, was organized in 1984 under Stan Maclin's leadership. This African American congregation was located in the Harrison Homes housing project in the southern part of the city.

In 1985 the church joined both the Central District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church and the Illinois Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC).

In the 1980s, the congregation sponsored a Home Owners Program that renovated older homes and offered them for sale to families hoping to move from the housing projects. Someone who received a home paid $75.00 or more per month for five years while giving 500 hours of work into the program.

In 2022 the congregation was part of the Central District Conference and the Illinois Mennonite Conference.


"Peoria church resurrects homes." The Mennonite 103, no. 20 (25 October 1988): 469.

Rich, Elaine Sommers, ed. Walking Together in Faith: The Central District Conference, 1957-1990. Bluffton, Ohio: The Conference, 2003: 83.

Additional Information

Address: 2918 West Montana Street, Peoria, Illinois 61605

Phone: 309-674-0529


Denominational Affiliations: Central District Conference Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Joy Fellowship Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Stan Maclin (1953-2021) 1984-1990
James C. Offutt (1935-2017) 1991-1992
Phillip Maclin 1992-present

Membership at Joy Fellowship Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1990 100
2000 45
2009 30
2020 15

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published October 2022

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Joy Fellowship Mennonite Church (Peoria, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2022. Web. 17 Apr 2024.,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=174225.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (October 2022). Joy Fellowship Mennonite Church (Peoria, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 April 2024, from,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=174225.

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