The Bethany Mennonite congregation began services and formally organized in 1964 as groups of young families sought to share worship and fellowship in the English language. The first building was occupied in 1965. David Janzen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through church planting by the Niagara United Mennonite Church.
Pastors Randy Klaassen and Renate Klaassen have served since September 1998 as congregational leaders. In 1965 there were 171 members; in 1975, 286; in 1985, 364; in 1995, 304; in 2000, 299; in 2008, 300. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1965-1988), Conference of Mennonites in Canada/Mennonite Church Canada (1965-), General Conference Mennonite Church (1965-1999) and Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada (1988-). The language of worship is English.
Canadian Mennonite 13 (12 January 1965): 1; 14 (22 February 1966): 1.
Mennonite Reporter 19 (20 February 1989): 13.
Friesen, C. Alfred. Memoirs of the Virgil-Niagara Mennonites. 1984: 43.
Records at Mennonite Heritage Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Address: 572 East & West Line, (Corner of Creek Road), Virgil, Ontario
Website: Bethany Mennonite Church
|Date Published||January 1989|
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Epp, Marlene. "Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 29 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethany_Mennonite_Church_(Virgil,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=54560.
Epp, Marlene. (January 1989). Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethany_Mennonite_Church_(Virgil,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=54560.
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