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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.

In 2014 the ministerial team included Bishop Peter Shantz and Deacon Howard Lichty.

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.

The language of worship was English.

[edit] Bibliography

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

Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 96.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 3968 William Hastings Road, Millbank, Ontario


Denominational Affiliation:

Conservative Mennonite Fellowship (1956-1970)

Midwest Mennonite Fellowship (1980-2014)

[edit] Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 86
1975 50
1985 52
1995 69
1999 43
2007 50
2014 40

[edit] Maps

Map:Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario)

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

[edit] Cite This Article

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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. 23 Jun 2017.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=140591.

APA style

Gingerich, Orland, Marlene Epp and Sam Steiner. (October 2014). Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 June 2017, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=140591.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1065. All rights reserved.

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