Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)

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Elmira Mennonite Church, Elmira, ON
Source: Church website

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.

Elmira is a parent church to Bethel Mennonite at Elora (1947), Hawkesville Mennonite (1950) and Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira) (1987).

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.

Archival Records

Congregational archives at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 58 Church Street West, Elmira, ON N3B 1N2

Phone: 519-669-5123

Website: Elmira Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

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

Year Members
1925 60
1950 248
1965 336
1975 240
1985 271
1995 316
2000 332
2010 307


Elmira Mennonite Church, Elmira, Ontario

Author(s) Howard S. Bauman
Sam Steiner
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. 21 Apr 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Elmira_Mennonite_Church_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114334.

APA style

Bauman, Howard S. and Sam Steiner. (July 2000). Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 April 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Elmira_Mennonite_Church_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114334.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 190. All rights reserved.

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