Tiskilwa Bible Church (Tiskilwa, Illinois, USA)

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In 1910 some local Mennonite families requested that a worship service be held in Tiskilwa, Illinois, USA. Most of these families had withdrawn from the Willow Springs Mennonite Church, an Amish Mennonite background congregation. Peter Schantz arranged for new meetings led by Lee Lantz and J. H. King. They held those meetings in the Methodist church in 1910 and 1911. There were also meetings in the town hall.

On 23 November 1911, a congregation formed that became part of the Central Conference Mennonite Church. Eugene Augsburger became the first pastor in May 1912. In 1913 the congregation launched a Ladies' Aid Society and a Christian Endeavor Society.

The Tiskilwa congregation built a church that was dedicated on 15 May 1913.

In about 1988, the Tiskilwa Mennonite congregation changed its name to Tiskilwa Bible Church.

In May 1990, the congregation withdrew from the Central District Conference and from the General Conference Mennonite Church. It affiliated with the Illinois Bible Church Mission, though its continuing status in 2022 was unclear. A church by that name still exists in Tiskilwa.


Rich, Elaine Sommers, ed. Walking Together in Faith: The Central District Conference, 1957-1990. Bluffton, Ohio: The Conference, 2003: 108-109.

Weaver, William B. History of the Central Conference Mennonite Church. Danvers, Ill: The author, 1926: 115-116. Available in full electronic text at https://archive.org/details/historyofcentral00weav/

Additional Information

Address: 235 West Main Street, Tiskilwa, Illinois 61368



Denominational Affiliations:

Pastoral Leaders at Tiskilwa Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Eugene Augsburger (1874-1944) 1912-1920
Visiting Ministers 1920-1925
Ernest J. Bohn (1894-1992) 1925-1931
Harvey E. "H. E." Nunemaker (1893-1972) 1931-1941
Henry A. Toews (1900-1954) 1941-1943
Landolene R. "L. R." Amstutz (1917-1983) 1943-1945
Visiting Ministers 1946-1947
Emil A. "E. A." Sommer 1948-1952
Benjamin F. "Ben" Esch (1887-1971) 1952-1966
Jay M. Shelly 1968-1969
Albin E. "A. E." Appelquist (1894-1982) 1970-1973
Joseph E. "Joe" Atherton (1921-2002) 1974-1982
Galen B. Penner 1983-1985
Herbert Schrader 1986-?

Membership at Tiskilwa Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1925 61
1950 64
1960 61
1970 50
1980 43
1990 58

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Ben Esch. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 728. All rights reserved.

Tiskilwa Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite), located in a historic village in the beautiful valley of Bureau County, Illinois, was organized in 1911 to serve a small Mennonite group who had withdrawn from the Willow Springs Mennonite (Mennonite Church) Church. The town hall was used until early in 1913, when the present adequate building was erected.

The following have served as resident pastors: Eugene Augspurger 1912-1920, Ernest Bohn 1925-1932, H. E. Nunemaker 1932-1941, Henry Toews 1941-1943, L. R. Amstutz 1943-1947, Emil Sommer 1949-1952, and Ben Esch 1952-    . The membership in 1957 was 62.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published November 2022

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Steiner, Samuel J. (November 2022). Tiskilwa Bible Church (Tiskilwa, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 April 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tiskilwa_Bible_Church_(Tiskilwa,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=178383.

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