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Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario was established in 1959. Curtis Cressman and Moses Roth, bishops; Moses Baer and Elmer Grove, ministers; Andrew Axt and Clarence Huber, deacons; with their followers, held their first separate church service on 22 November 1959, at the Township Hall, Baden. Services at Baden continued until the New Hamburg Conservative Mennonite church was built in 1960. The Heidelberg and Fort Stewart congregations were established the same year.

The reason for the group's withdrawal from the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (MC) was the desire to return to earlier biblical standards of nonconformity to the unequal yoke in regard to politics, immodest attire (dress), women's hair cutting, and wearing of jewelry. They wanted closer adherence and obedience to scriptural church ordinances. Their appeal to the conference was ineffective, resulting in their withdrawal.

In 1975, issues relating to radio and television again surfaced, causing about one-third of the most lenient members to secede and establish the Heidelberg Fellowship Church.

In 1986 there were 11 congregations, with 4 bishops, 17 ministers, and 7 deacons. Membership was 418. Ten schools offered instruction up to grade 10. Under the Fellowship Churches program, the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario has supported missions in India, Nigeria, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and the Philippines.

In 2010 the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario had 11 congregations with a total of 742 members. The group operated six schools and a publishing house, CMCO Publications.

Congregation City State Members Founded
Brookside Conservative Mennonite Church Carthage Ontario, Canada 121 1974
Calvary Conservative Mennonite Church Elmira Ontario, Canada 103 1969
Cedarvale Conservative Mennonite Church Harriston Ontario, Canada 118 1989
Ethel Conservative Mennonite Church Ethel Ontario, Canada 35 2007
Faith Haven Conservative Mennonite Church Croton Ontario, Canada 48 2004
Hillview Conservative Mennonite Church Bancroft Ontario, Canada 22 1961
India Conservative Mennonite Church Kakinada India 66 1981
Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church Zurich Ontario, Canada 63 1967
Pineview Conservative Mennonite Church Barwick Ontario, Canada 63 1965
Shiloh Conservative Mennonite Church Orwell Ontario, Canada 45 1995
Woodside Conservative Mennonite Church Stratton Ontario, Canada 58 1987
Total 742

[edit] Bibliography

Constitution and Faith and Practice of the Mennonite Church of Ontario.

Directory of the Fellowship Churches. Farmington, N. Mex.: Lamp and Light Publishers, Inc.

Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo, Ont.

Mennonite Church Directory 2010. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2010: 57-58.

Reimer, Margaret Loewen, ed., One Quilt, Many Pieces. Waterloo, Ont.: Mennonite Publishing Service, 1983: 18.


Author(s) Isaac R. Horst
Sam Steiner
Date Published September 2010


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Horst, Isaac R. and Sam Steiner. "Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2010. Web. 21 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Conservative_Mennonite_Church_of_Ontario&oldid=116492.

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Horst, Isaac R. and Sam Steiner. (September 2010). Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Conservative_Mennonite_Church_of_Ontario&oldid=116492.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 191-192. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.


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