Robein Mennonite Church (East Peoria, Illinois, USA)

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The Robein Mennonite Church began in 1950 between Washington and East Peoria, Illinois, as a mission of the Roanoke Mennonite Church. It held services in a public school.

The congregation received a shock when its young pastor, Eldon Kortemeier, drowned in Lake Kabetogoma in Northern Minnesota on 23 August 1960. The boat in which he was riding with his wife, three children, and a sister, capsized in a sudden storm. All the other boat occupants were rescued.

In its later years, it was called the Mennonite Community Church of Robein.

The church closed in about 1976 partly because of internal differences of opinion among the congregation's members over issues of Fundamentalism.


"Bro. Eldon Kortemeier...." Gospel Herald 53, no. 35 (6 September 1960): 787.

"Robein, where Bro. Eldon Kortemeier...." Gospel Herald 52, no. 26 (30 June 1959): 612.

Smith, Willard H. Mennonites in Illinois. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, 24. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1983: 215, 340, 550.

Additional Information

Address: East Peoria, Illinois



Denominational Affiliations: Illinois Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church (MC)

Pastoral Leaders at Robein Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Lay Superintendents 1950-1959
Stanley "Eldon" Kortemeier (1932-1960) 1959-1960
Norman L. Kauffmann 1962-1969
Paul O. King (1921-2016) 1970
Robert L. Harnish (1925-2022) 1971
Paul N. Miller (1913-2000) 1973-1975

Robein Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1959 8
1960 11
1970 29
1976 15

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published March 2024

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