Elmira Mennonite Church in Elmira, Ontario, Canada was organized on 31 August 1924, and occupied its first building the same year. Oliver D. Snider is considered the founding leader of the group and served as pastor for the first 12 years. Abraham Gingrich served as bishop during the first years of the congregation's existence. The congregation originated through church planting from the Floradale Mennonite Church.
The original structure was built in 1924. In 1955, an educational wing was added, and in 1976 an entrance with ramps, new washrooms, and a new kitchen, as well as library and classroom space were added. Additional alterations were carried out in 1992, 2009, and 2011.
Individuals who have led Elmira Mennonite as Deacon, Pastor, Associate Pastor or Interim Pastor are: Oliver D. Snider, Reuben Dettwiler, Aaron Martin, Howard S. Bauman, Edwin Weber, Vernon R. Leis, Maurice Martin, Stephen Dick, Marvin Shank, Douglas Snyder, Gary Knarr, Ray Brubacher, Ken Bechtel, Mary Scheidel, Gordon Alton, Dale Bauman, Ruth Anne Laverty, Winston Martin, Renee Sauder, Johanna Wall, Steven Janzen, Fred Lichti, and Jonathan Brubacher.
Bechtel, Ken. Three Score Years: Elmira Mennonite Church, 1924-1984. Elmira, 1984, 67 p.
Brubacher, Jim. "An Examination of a Recent Schism in the Elmira Congregation." ca. 1970, 6 pp.
Martin, Willard. "History of the Elmira Mennonite Church." 1959, 12 pp.
Mennonite Reporter (16 September 1974): 4.
Congregational archives at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
Address: 58 Church Street West, Elmira, ON N3B 1N2
Website: Elmira Mennonite Church
Mennonite Conference of Ontario (1925-1988)
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)
Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1995-present)
Elmira Mennonite Church Membership
|Author(s)||Howard S. Bauman|
|Date Published||July 2000|
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Bauman, Howard S. and Sam Steiner. "Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2000. Web. 22 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Elmira_Mennonite_Church_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114334.
Bauman, Howard S. and Sam Steiner. (July 2000). Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Elmira_Mennonite_Church_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114334.
Herald Press website.
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