Calvary Church (Ayr, Ontario, Canada)

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The Mennonite work in Ayr began in 1954 as an outreach by the Mannheim Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario. The congregation formally organized in 1961, the same year it obtained a building. There was a subsequent building program in 1990.

The founding pastor was Osaiah Horst, who was also the pastor at the Mannheim Mennonite Church. When Horst accepted a call to Toronto, Howard Schmitt became the pastor. The congregation has served as a community church in the Ayr community. One of the congregation's unique ministry has been a "skate park" for young Ayr skateboarders.


Canadian Mennonite (12 January 1962): 1.

Mennonite Reporter (17 September 1990): 18.

Additional Information

Address: 173 Northumberland Street, Ayr, Ontario

Phone: 519-632-7110

Denominational affiliations:

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Mennonite Church Canada

Calvary Pastors

Osiah Horst 1961-1964 
Howard Schmitt  1964-August 1969 
Darrel Jantzi  Sept. 1969-July 1974
Dan Burkholder  July 1974-1977 
Tom Warner  1977-1980 
James Sider 1981-1985
Reynold Kipfer  1985-1994 
Bruce Sawatsky (Interim)  1995-1996
Phil Wagler  1997-2001 
Dennis Bells (Interim) 2002
Pat Murphy 2003-2005 
Ardith Frey (Interim) 2006 
Lloyd Oakey  July 2006- 

Calvary Membership

1965 35 
1975  75 
1985  52 
1995 48 
2000  86 
2006  95 


Map:Calvary Church (Ayr, Ontario)

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published March 2008

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Steiner, Sam. "Calvary Church (Ayr, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2008. Web. 19 Jun 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=86477.

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