Kalamazoo Mennonite Church (1960-1979)(Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA)

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The Kalamazoo Mennonite Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, began among Mennonite families who lived in Kalamazoo and men performing their I-W alternative service in one of Kalamazoo's hospitals. Kalamazoo became a location for I-W service in 1953. Before 1960, these Mennonites commuted to the Moorepark Mennonite Church in Three Rivers or attended a congregation of another denomination. In 1959, Etril J. Leinbach, the Moorepark pastor, looked for a place in Kalamazoo where these people could worship.

Etril Leinbach provided early leadership for the group. The first services were held on 3 January 1960 in the Milwood School. The group organized and became part of the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church (MC).

The group purchased a former school building and subsequent Baptist chapel on Douglas Avenue that it dedicated on 28 April 1963.

The church closed in 1979. The building was converted to a private residence.


"I-W's help found church." Gospel Herald 56, no. 20 (21 May 1963): 441.

"Mennonite church services...." Gospel Herald 53, no. 3 (19 January 1960): 64.

Leinbach, Etril. "I-W's at work in the Kalamazoo Church." Gospel Herald 54, no. 46 (21 November 1961): 1025.

_____. "Kalamazoo Mennonite Church." Gospel Herald 53, no. 18 (3 May 1960): 406.

Preheim, Rich. In Pursuit of Faithfulness: Conviction, Conflict, and Compromise in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald Press, 2016: 310.

Additional Information

Address: 3425 Douglas Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007



Denominational Affiliations:

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Kalamazoo Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Etril J. Leinbach (1910-2006)(Bishop) 1960
Harold Yoder 1961-1962
Miller F. Stayrook (1929-2020) 1962-1964
Glen A. Horner 1965-1975
Lay Leadership 1975-1979

Kalamazoo Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 4
1970 13
1979 21

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published June 2024

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