Newark Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Ithaca, Michigan, USA)

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The Newark Church of God in Christ, Mennonite congregation near Ithaca, Michigan, USA was established in the early 1880s. The congregation started when families moved to Newark Township in Gratiot County in the 1880s. Some of these families had been part of the Reed City congregation.

In the 1890s, F. C. Fricke and Peter B. Litwiller, who had been ordained ministers in the Clinton congregation, moved to Gratiot County. The congregation initially met in the Kellogg and Lewis schoolhouses. The first church was built in 1903. As the church grew, a new building was erected in 1920, 1.5 miles east of the first building. It experienced multiple additions, recovery from several fires, and was one of the oldest buildings in the denomination in the 1990s.

In 1964 the congregation established the Mt. Calm congregation near Carson City. This helped to alleviate crowding in the church building. In 2002 it established the Wildwood congregation located about seven miles southwest of the Newark church.

The congregation began the Countryside Christian School in 1980 in cooperation with the Mt. Calm congregation. The Wildwood congregation also uses the school.

In 2020 the congregation was part of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The ministers were Darin Litwiller, Keith Litwiller, and Michael Litwiller.


Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Yearbook (1996-2020).

Histories of the congregations. 3rd. ed. Moundridge, Kansas: Gospel Publishers, 1999: 361-365.

Additional Information

Address: 3446 S. Alger Road, Ithaca, Michigan 48847

Phone: 989-875-3317


Denominational Affiliations:

Church of God in Christ, Mennonite

Ordained Pastors at the Newark Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Lay leadership 1883-1890s
Frederick C. Fricke (1867-1947) 1894?-
Peter B. Litwiller (1858-1906) 1894?-1906
Jacob L. Litwiller (1835-1918) 1902-1918
Charles R. Peters (1854-1937) 1905-1937?
Hiram J. Mininger (1870-1953) 1908-1953
August R. Peters (1869-1962) 1911-1962
Frank F. Haynes (1892-1980) 1924-1964
Glenn Litwiller (1903-1964) 1937-1964
Francis Peters (1908-1986) 1937-1946
Harry H. Harms (1900-1991) 1937-1950?
Reno Hibner (1922-1995) 1948-1954
Newell Litwiller (1915-1987) 1951-1987
Donald Seiler (1927-2018) 1956-1964
Donald Gable 1963-2001
Richard Litwiller (1931-2019) 1965-2014
Arnold Decker (1934-1996) 1968-1979
Douglas Salsbury 1984-2010
Michael Litwiller 2000-present
Darin Litwiller 2003-present
Keith Litwiller 2018-present

Membership at Newark Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1903 50
1920 110
1963 325
1995 219
2000 228
2010 181
2020 184

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Clara Miller. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 865. All rights reserved.

The Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church, located two miles (three km) west and four miles (6.5 km) south of Ithaca, Michigan, originated in the 1880s when the Brown, Diller, Peters, Eicher, Gable, and other families settled here and held services in their homes. Jacob Litwiller, F. C. Fricke, and Peter Litwiller of an adjoining congregation were ordained to the ministry in the early 1890s. F. C. Fricke served as an elder for many years. In 1902, a church was built, replaced by a larger church in 1920, which was remodeled and enlarged in 1947 and again in 1954. The membership in 1957 was 265. Nine other ministers and five deacons had been ordained by the church up to that point; Glenn Litwiller was the presiding minister in 1957. The ministry was unsalaried.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2021

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Newark Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Ithaca, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2021. Web. 19 Apr 2024.,_Mennonite_(Ithaca,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=169878.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (January 2021). Newark Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Ithaca, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 April 2024, from,_Mennonite_(Ithaca,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=169878.

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