Rehoboth Mennonite Church (St. Anne, Illinois, USA)

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Camp Rehoboth, St. Anne, Illinois, USA began in 1949 when James H. Lark bought ten acres of land and built a cabin near St. Ann to serve as a summer camp for African American Mennonites from the Bethel and Dearborn Street congregations in Chicago, about 60 miles away. The name came from an Old Testament place name. The camp was located in an area with a significant African American population and soon developed into a congregation. In 1949, 32 children from Chicago participated in the camp. Rowena Lark began a Bible study for adults in the first year that attracted nine participants.

By 1951, Camp Rehoboth had four regular Sunday school classes, considered an extension of the Bethel church.

In September 1953, the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities agreed to take over Camp Rehoboth's property. It established a board to administer the program and placed Robert Stoltzfus in charge of the program. The mission board also established a Voluntary Service program at the camp.

After Mark and Pauline Lehman arrived in 1955, the camp's worshipping community began using the name Rehoboth Mennonite Church. On 20 March 1956, Bishop James Lark formally organized the Rehoboth Mennonite Church as an independent congregation.

The congregation began erecting a new church building in 1962 and dedicated it on 14 July 1963.


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Additional Information

Address: 15729 E. 3000 S. Road, Pembroke Township, Illinois 60958

Phone: 815-348-9601


Denominational Affiliations: Illinois Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Rehoboth Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
James H. Lark (1888-1978) 1949-1952
Robert Stoltzfus 1953
Ray Yoder 1954
Mark N. Lehman 1955-1973
Richard Yoder 1974-1977
Larry Teague 1987?-1992?
Clarence W. Glover 1994-1996?
Rose Covington 1997-

Rehoboth Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1957 36
1960 34
1970 93
1980 38
1990 47
2000 39
2009 25
2020 25

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Melvin Gingerich?. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 275. All rights reserved.

Rehoboth Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), St. Anne, Illinois, was established in 1953. It had a membership of 20 in 1958, with Mark Lehman as pastor.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published February 2024

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