Following a separation within the Elam M. Martin Mennonite Church in Ontario’s Waterloo Region, minister Alvin Martin with a number of supporting members moved to Chesley in Bruce County, Ontario, in 2006.
This group, deeply influenced by Reinhold Konrath and various awakenings in Anabaptist and Pietist history, set out with vigor to capture the Pure Church ideal. A number of families of Old Order Mennonite background, from the neighboring Mount Forest settlement, joined the group, along with converts of a non-Anabaptist background.
The Alvin Martin Church, dropped many of its distinctives (such as the use of horse-drawn transportation, the German language in meetings, and restrictions on technology) and established friendly relations with the Believers in Christ at Lobelville, Tennessee, and Danville, Ohio.
The group had also investigated Tanzania as a possible location for resettlement. In 2010 the dynamics and direction of the group remained in formation, but by the end of the year the church dissolved.
Eby, Steven. "Article correction." Personal e-mail (24 October 2013).
|Date Published||October 2013|
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