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Peace Mennonite Church records

Call Number: RH MS 1496


Records of the Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, Kansas, including a church history, founding documents, pastoral files, office files, records from various committees, and printed material, such as bulletins, newsletters, photographs, church discussions, and church conferences/meetings.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2022


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Peace Mennonite Church

The Lawrence Mennonite Fellowship was started in the early 1970s as gatherings held in homes on alternate Sunday afternoons, organized by John Janzen. Discussions were held by various University of Kansas (KU) history/philosophy graduates and professors.

In the early 1980s, the congregation was funded as a church planting effort by the Western District Conference of the General Conference of the Mennonite Church, and John Lindscheid was hired as the first pastor. The now-named Lawrence Mennonite Fellowship began meeting in the Ecumenical Christian Ministries building on the KU campus in 1983.

Members of the church decided to change the name of the congregation to Peace Mennonite Church (PMC) in the 1990s, and in June 2001, PMC joined the Supportive Communities Network (SCN). Joining this network required the church to begin a process of discernment and education, in which they developed a welcoming statement to affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer church members.

In 2006, the congregation purchased its first permanent space in the former Odd Fellows Lodge in North Lawrence. They continue to use this space.


4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection provides information about the Peace Mennonite Church and its predecessors from its founding in the late 1970s through the late 2020s. In particular there is information from and about many of the committees formed by the church, demonstrating the growth of the congregation and the congregation's social justice and religious concerns. Almost half the collection is a variety of printed material and ephemera generated by the church, including newsletters and bulletins, workshop materials, and printed statements and responses regarding the congregation's stance on topics including allowing gay marriage and homosexuality more generally.


The collection has been organized into 6 series:

  1. Church history and founding documents
  2. Pastoral files
  3. Office files
  4. Committees
  5. Printed materials
  6. Photographs

Physical Location

RH MS 1496

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Peace Mennonite Church, July 2018, 2021.

Guide to the Peace Mennonite Church Collection
Peace Mennonite Church records
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Peace Mennonite Church records, RH MS 1496, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States