South Danvers Mennonite Church (Danvers, Illinois, USA)

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South Danvers Mennonite Church, located two miles (3.2 km) south of Danvers, McLean County, Illinois, was formed by the Hessian Mennonites from Butler County, Ohio, who had begun to have worship in their homes in 1842, then joined the Yoder Amish Church (North Danvers), when it built its meetinghouse in 1853 about five miles northeast of Danvers. But in 1859 the Hessian group withdrew, building its own meetinghouse in 1864, with about 100 members. In 1908 it joined the Central Conference. In 1914 the congregation added a rented church building in the town of Danvers, and in 1919 closed the country building. In 1943, with 34 members left, it merged with North Danvers. Early ministers were Michael Kistler 1842-1855, and Christian Gingerich 1855-1908. John Kinsinger and John Gingerich were the leaders from 1885 to the late 1920s.


Smith, Willard H. Mennonites in Illinois. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, 24. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1983: 92-94, 532.

Pastoral Leaders at South Danvers Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
John Michael Kistler (1808-1876)
Peter Naffziger (1789-1885)(Bishop) 1850-ca. 1860
Christian Naffziger (1803-1893) 1853-1893
Christian Gingerich (1820-1908)
Michael Kinsinger (1814-1895) 1862-1895
John Gingerich (1856-1931)
John Kinsinger (1854-1930)
Lawrence B. Haigh (1881-1963) 1921-1923
Harvey E. Nunemaker (1893-1972)(Bishop) 1925-1927
Peter D. Naffziger (1884-1954) 1927-1933
Roy F. Scott 1933-1936
Frank McNutt 1937-1938
Emanuel Troyer (1871-1941) 1937-1941
Melvin E. Hendricks (1911-2004)(Lay leader) 1941-1943

South Danvers Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1910 90
1920 72
1943 34

Author(s) Harold S. Bender
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published 1959

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Bender, Harold S. and Samuel J. Steiner. "South Danvers Mennonite Church (Danvers, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 17 Apr 2024.,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=178535.

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Bender, Harold S. and Samuel J. Steiner. (1959). South Danvers Mennonite Church (Danvers, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 April 2024, from,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=178535.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1127. All rights reserved.

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