Central District Conference (Mennonite Church USA)

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The Central District Conference was the second largest district of the General Conference Mennonite Church in the United States It was created by a merger of the Central Conference Mennonite Church and the Middle District (GCM) at a joint session in Normal, IL, 27 April 1957. It had 41 congregations from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri, and a membership of 8,361. Its original purpose, to promote unity, offer guidance, and provide a channel for the united mission efforts among its constituent churches, continued to be a focus of the conference in the late 1980s.

Each member congregation had one delegate vote for every 30 members. Delegates met yearly for a three-day session of business, worship, seminars, and fellowship at various locations around the district. An elected president, president-elect, treasurer, secretary, and two members-at-large made up the board of directors. Forty other elected people made up the standing committees: Ministerial; Program; Historical; Missions; Education and Publication; Camp Friedenswald ; and Peace, Service, and Justice. A nominating committee was appointed. The district also elected six Bluffton College board members, three General Conference commission members, and five board members of the Chicago Mennonite Learning Center. The district board and committees guided ministries in church planting and evangelism, prison and law offenders, youth, Christian camping, teacher training, marriage and family, leadership development, worship and music, and peace education. The budget for 1987 was $242,000. The Reporter, the monthly conference paper, was published 11 times each year.

The following have served as conference ministers: Raymond L. Hartzler, 1957-64; Gordon Dyck, 1964-69; Jacob T. Friesen, 1970-75; Stanley Bohn, 1975-79; and Mark Weidner, 1980-. Membership in 1987 was 62 congregations with 8,247 members. Twenty-six of the congregations were also affiliated with other conferences, primarily those of the Mennonite Church (MC).

In 2002 the Central District became part of Mennonite Church USA as a result of the merger of the Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church.

In 2010 the following congregations were members of the Central District Conference:

Congregation City State
Agora Christian Fellowship   Columbus Ohio
Ames Mennonite Church  Ames Iowa
Ann Arbor Mennonite Church  Ann Arbor Michigan
Asian Mennonite Community Church  Montgomery Illinois
Assembly Mennonite Church  Goshen Indiana
Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship  Atlanta Georgia
Boynton Mennonite Church  Hopedale Illinois
Carlock Mennonite Church  Carlock Illinois
Chicago Community Mennonite Church  Chicago Illinois
Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship  Cincinnati Ohio
Columbus Mennonite Church  Columbus Ohio
Community Mennonite Church  Markham Illinois
Eighth Street Mennonite Church  Goshen Indiana
Emmaus Road Mennonite Fellowship  Berne Indiana
Evanston Mennonite Church  Evanston Illinois
Faith Mennonite Church  Goshen Indiana
First Mennonite Church  Sugarcreek Ohio
First Mennonite Church  Wadsworth Ohio
First Mennonite Church  Bluffton Ohio
First Mennonite Church  Nappanee Indiana
First Mennonite Church  Chicago Illinois
First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana  Urbana Illinois
Florence Church of the Brethren-Mennonite  Constantine Michigan
Grace Mennonite Church  Pandora Ohio
Hively Avenue Mennonite Church  Elkhart Indiana
Hively Jesus Village Church  Elkhart Indiana
Joy Fellowship Mennonite Church  Peoria Illinois
Lima Mennonite Church  Lima Ohio
Living Love Ministries  East Peoria Illinois
Madison Mennonite Church  Madison Wisconsin
Maple Avenue Mennonite Church  Pewaukee Wisconsin
Maplewood Mennonite Church  Fort Wayne Indiana
Mennonite Church of Normal  Normal Illinois
Milwaukee Mennonite Church  Greenfield Wisconsin
Morning Star Church  Muncie Indiana
MSU Mennonite Fellowship  East Lansing Michigan
North Danvers Mennonite Church  Danvers Illinois
Oak Grove Mennonite Church  Smithville Ohio
Paoli Mennonite Fellowship  Paoli Indiana
Salem Mennonite Church  Kidron Ohio
Shalom Community Church  Ann Arbor Michigan
Shalom Mennonite Congregation  Harrisonburg Virginia
Silverwood Mennonite Church  Goshen Indiana
Southside Fellowship  Elkhart Indiana
St. John Mennonite Church  Pandora Ohio
Topeka Mennonite Church  Topeka Indiana
Trenton Mennonite Church  Trenton Ohio


Central District Yearbook, annual reports, conference minutes, directory, and statistics.

Handbook of Information, General Conference Mennonite Church (1988): 111-12, 139-40.

Pannabecker, Samuel F. Faith and Ferment: The History of the Central District Conference. Newton, KS, 1968.

Archival Records:

Minutes, correspondence, records, etc., are retained in the Bluffton College Archives, Bluffton, Ohio.

Author(s) Mark Weidner
Date Published July 2010

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Weidner, Mark. "Central District Conference (Mennonite Church USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 19 Aug 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Central_District_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=55508.

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Weidner, Mark. (July 2010). Central District Conference (Mennonite Church USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 August 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Central_District_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=55508.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 130-131. All rights reserved.

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