An experienced pastoral couple, Dave and Audrey Wiebe, was called to lead the group, and services were first held in February 2000 in the Tillsonburg Library. Occasionally events were held in buildings belonging to the Salvation Army, Straffordville EMC, and Avondale Zion United Church. The congregation later moved its regular meeting place to Avondale Zion. In early September 2004 the Church of Living Water purchased three acres on the edge of town and, though delayed, a building was erected.
David and Audrey Wiebe served till 2006. On 21 January 2007 Gary Herrfort had his first message as Living Water’s new pastor, and he was ordained on 25 March 2007. He and his wife Susan served as pastoral couple until 2011. Bill Friesen became interim pastor in 2011.
In 2005 service attendance fluctuated from 50 to 75. In 2012, The Church of Living Water had 50 members, an average of 55 at Sunday School, and 75 at a worship service.
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EMC Yearbook for 2011: Including a Record of the Proceedings of the 61nd Annual Sessions of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference July 1-3, 2011. Steinbach: Evangelical Mennonite Conference, 2011.
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Sawatzky, Marge. "Gary Herrfort is New Pastor." The Messenger 45, no. 5 (7 March 2007): 12.
Smith, Terry M. "Building Christ’s Future in Tillsonburg." The Messenger 50, no. 4 (19 October 2005): 9-12.
Address: 5 Rouse St., Tillsonburg, Ontario
|Date Published||January 2013|
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