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Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church, 2004

The Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church was organized in 1957 as a schism from the Riverdale Amish Mennonite Church, in which the bishop, Valentine Nafziger, took a more conservative position on nonconformity in attire and withdrew with a like-minded group. The membership in 1958 was 69, with Nafziger as bishop and Kenneth Brenneman as minister. The Bethel group built its own meetinghouse in 1958.

Minister Peter Shantz served in 2004 as a non-salaried congregational leader. In 1965 there were 86 members; in 1975, 50; in 1985, 52; in 1995, 69; in 1999, 43; in 2007, 50. It was affiliated with the Conservative Mennonite Fellowship (1956-70), and the Midwest Mennonite Fellowship (1980-) The language of worship was English.

Continuing loss of members finally led the congregation to close its doors in 2014. The building was taken over by the Milverton Conservative Mennonite Fellowship, a congregation that emerged from an earlier internal division.

[edit] Bibliography

Cressman, Kenneth. "The Development of the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario." 1976. Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 3968 William Hastings Road, Millbank, Ontario


Denominational Affiliation:

Midwest Mennonite Fellowship

[edit] Maps

Map:Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario)

Author(s) Orland Gingerich
Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published October 2014

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Gingerich, Orland, Marlene Epp and Sam Steiner. "Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2014. Web. 25 Dec 2014.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=126291.

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Gingerich, Orland, Marlene Epp and Sam Steiner. (October 2014). Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 December 2014, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=126291.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1065. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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