Sunnyside Mennonite Church (Arthur, Illinois, USA)

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Sunnyside Mennonite Church (formerly Arthur Conservative Amish Mennonite Church), located near Arthur, Illinois, was organized 23 March 1945 with a membership of eight. Samuel T. Eash (Middlebury, Indiana), Nevin Bender (Greenwood, Delaware) and Elmer G. Swartzendruber (Wellman, Iowa) were the Executive Committee of the Conservative Amish Mennonite Conference in charge of the organization. In the summer of 1945 and again in 1946 Minister Shem Peachey of Springs, Pennsylvania, had charge of the congregation; in the winter of 1945-1946 Eli Swartzentruber of Greenwood had charge, and on 21 March 1947 Levi M. Miller was ordained as minister. Bishop oversight in 1953 was under the jurisdiction of Elmer G. Swartzendruber. The membership at that time was 45.

In 2012 Larry Rocke was the minster and membership was 113.


Hershberger, Brenda. Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2012-13. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2012: 55.

Additional Information

Address: 470 E County Road 675 N, Arthur, IL 61953-7534

Phone: 217-578-3817 

Denominational Affiliation:

Conservative Mennonite Conference

Author(s) Elmer G Swartzendruber
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published April 2012

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Swartzendruber, Elmer G and Richard D. Thiessen. "Sunnyside Mennonite Church (Arthur, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2012. Web. 8 Dec 2021.,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=140799.

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Swartzendruber, Elmer G and Richard D. Thiessen. (April 2012). Sunnyside Mennonite Church (Arthur, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 December 2021, from,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=140799.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 172. All rights reserved.

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