Town and Country Baptist Church
Town and Country Baptist Church


This page is dedicated to the memory of those that have touched our lives at Town and Country who are now home with Jesus.


James M. Nelson



9/29/1950 - 3/17/2018

PEKIN ~ James M. “Jim” Nelson, 67, of Pekin, passed away at 2:52 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at his residence.

Born September 29, 1950 in Pekin to James Willard and Venere “Vera” (Fioravanti) Nelson, he married Cynthia K. “Cindy” Nash on July 18, 1971 in Pekin.  She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Daniel James (Shannon) Nelson of Cape Girardeau, MO and Patrick James (Nicki) Nelson of Peoria; one daughter, Theresa Marie (Adam) Bailey of Pekin; eight grandchildren, Erin Nelson, Samuel Nelson, Nathan Nelson, Benjamin Nelson, all of Cape Girardeau, Caleb Nelson, Ava Nelson, both of Peoria, Trey Bailey and Zayden Bailey, both of Pekin; one sister, Judi (Phil) Cool of Pontiac; five brothers-in-law, Mike (Marla) Nash of The Villages, FL, Randy (Wendy) Nash of Germantown Hills, Gary (Denise) Nash of Pekin, David (Cynthia) Nash of Tremont and Christopher (Tricia) Nash of Pekin and many nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

Jim worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 43 years, retiring in 2013 from Logistics I.T. at the Mossville facility.

Jim was very active with his faith and in sharing Christ.  He was a member and Deacon of Town & Country Baptist Church in rural Pekin.  He also was a member of the Ironmen Men’s Group of the church and their Missions Director.  He was a former member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin.

Pastor Tim Ellison stated that Jim was "A faithful and loyal man", Jim loved attending his kids and grandkids activities.  He also enjoyed camping, fishing and tinkering with cars.  He was in to computers and gadgets too.  He was both a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.

His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Town & Country Baptist Church.  Pastor Timothy Ellison will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Burial will be in Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church, P.O. Box 44, Pekin, IL 61555.


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We will miss our faithful friend. But will meet again in that Heavenly city.


Pastor Tim


Together forever with his Dorothy.


Our friend and brother in Christ, William H. Rawlings, 84, of Hopedale, passed away at 8:10 am Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his home.

He was born October 25, 1930 in Burning Springs, KY to Joseph Bradley and Drucie Hornsby Rawlings. He married Dorothy M. Wallen on October 27, 1952 in Camp Lejeune, NC, and she passed away November 2, 2012.


What a privilege it was to be Bill's and Dorothy's pastor. Loved them both dearly and will miss them both at our sings and in our services. The old church will always echo "praise the Lord."





Mrs Pat Schlottman was such a blessing to us at TCBC. She brought more visitors in her last days here on earth than most do in a life time.
















Armon Aderholts went home to Heaven September 18, 2013. This was the last picture taken before his change of residence to his Heavenly home. Our regular Ironmen meetings were held at his home due to his health, and this was taken while he was praying, "God bless the little white church in the middle of the corn fields."  Armon will be greatly missed.






Jean Taylor prayed constantly for family and friends. She was so faithful to be at church and brought a smile to everyone she saw.

Bob Head loved family and working at the church. He was so helpful and supportive in every part ot the church ministry. Some may say he was gruff, but he loved this church and was a great friend to his pastor. We will miss him.
Brad Tharp loved God, Country and Family, We loved to hear his worship in song. His music will be sorely missed.
Dorothy Rawlings loved singing about her Lord. She could raise the raffters of the old building as she praised her Savior. We will miss her so.
Warren Miller loved family, farming and church. Bethel Mennonite Church closed which was sad but Town and Country took it's place which brought joy once more to Warren and this old church. He will be greatly missed.

Heaven is a beautiful place that everyone is curious about. The wonderful thing about heaven is, it's not some "pie in the sky" place full of chocolate waterfalls and pink ponies. It's a real place and all the folks on this page has one thing in common. They all accepted Jesus as their Savior. Meaning they knew that they were not good enough to get themselves into Heaven. So they had to find someone that could, and that is Jesus. The Bible says that our best is as filthy rags.


Isa. 64:6,  "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (KJV)


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Sunday Morning

11:00 am



Faith & Family Film (TBA)



Wednesday Night

Cross-Training Class

"Exercise your Faith"

7:00 pm

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