In the late 1950s there were two Mennonite Church congregations in Woodford County - Metamora and Roanoke, with a total membership of 722. The General Conference had a congregation at Congerville with 117 members. Many other Woodford County residents were members of the Calvary Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite) at Washington. An independent Conservative Amish Mennonite congregation was located in Linn Township, about five miles northwest of Roanoke. This group had its origin in the "Sleeping Preacher" movement in the early part of the century. In 1958 it had 172 members.
There were approximately 1,500 Mennonites living in Woodford County in the late 1950s, about 7 per cent of the total population. In addition there was approximately the same number of the Apostolic Christian faith sometimes called the "New Amish," who have much in common with the Mennonites in their origin and doctrine. The Mennonite Home for the Aged at Eureka was operated by the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (Mennonite Church) through a local board.
|Author(s)||Tilman R Smith|
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Smith, Tilman R. "Woodford County (Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 13 Oct 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Woodford_County_(Illinois,_USA)&oldid=96905.
Smith, Tilman R. (1959). Woodford County (Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 October 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Woodford_County_(Illinois,_USA)&oldid=96905.
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