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Erb St. Mennonite Church
Source: Brian L. Shantz Ltd. Website

The Erb Street Mennonite Church, located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, was organized by settlers who came from Pennsylvania in 1810-1825--David Eby, Jonas Bingeman and Samuel Schantz. Services were held in homes as early as 1837. The meetinghouse was built in 1851 about two miles west of Waterloo and was known as the David Eby Church. In 1902 a new church was built in town, which was rebuilt and enlarged in 1950. In was known for many years as the Waterloo Mennonite Church. Among the earlier leaders were the ministers, Elias Schneider, Jonas Snider and Noah Hunsberger, and the deacons Abram Hunsberger and Noah Weber. Later leaders included Newton Weber, Jesse B. Martin and Clare Shantz.

It was within the Waterloo congregation that the first evangelistic meetings were held in private homes, about 1885. In 1886 a Sunday school was held in a schoolhouse, and later in the David Eby Church. Also in 1890 "edification meetings"began in privae homes. Foreign missionaries from the congregation included Lewis S. Weber and his wife, and Edna Good in South America.

[edit] Bibliography

Burkholder, L. J. A Brief History of the Mennonites in Ontario. Kitchener, Ontario: Mennonite Conference of Ontario, 1935: 95-98.

Hunsberger, Albert and Greta. A Brief History of the David Eby Church and Erb Street Mennonite at Waterloo, Ontario from 1851-1976. The Church, 1976.

Kessler, Karl. Path of a People: Erb Street Mennonite Church 1851-2001. Waterloo, Ontario: Erb Street Mennonite Church, 2001.

Archival Records

Church records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 131 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON N2L 1T7

Telephone: 519-886-3570

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec (1851-1988)

Mennonite Church (1898-1999)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada  (1988-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1995-present)

[edit] Erb St. Mennonite Church Pastors

Name Years
of Service
Jacob M. Oberholtzer ca. 1840-ca. 1870
Elias Snider 1874-1889
Jonas Snider
Noah Hunsberger 1900-1920
Newton Weber 1921-1923
Jesse B. Martin
Milton Schwartzentruber 1964-1970
Galen Johns 1970-1976
Wilmer Martin 1978-1991
Richard Yordy
Renee Sauder 1993-2003
Allan Rudy-Froese
Laurence Martin
Eleanor Epp-Stobbe 2004-2014
Sandi Hannigan
Matthew Bailey-Dick
Tanya Dyck Steinman
(Interim Associate)
Gord Alton
Jenny Csinos
(Interim Associate)
Gary Knarr
(Intentional Interim)

[edit] Erb St. Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1900 100
1925 165
1950 290
1965 298
1975 269
1985 292
1995 321
2000 314
2011 314

Author(s) Jesse B. Martin
Date Published 1955

[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Martin, Jesse B.. "Erb Street Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 7 Jul 2015.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=131254.

APA style

Martin, Jesse B.. (1955). Erb Street Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 July 2015, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=131254.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 241. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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