Erb Street Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

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

Erb Street Mennonite Church began services in 1837, and formally organized in 1851. The first building was occupied in 1851, with subsequent building programs in 1902, 1950 and 1980. David Eby is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from Pennsylvania. The early settlers included David Eby, Jonas Bingeman and Samuel Schantz.

Erb St. was originally known as the David Eby church, and later the Waterloo Church. Ministers prior to 1950 included Elias Schneider, Jonas Snider, Noah Hunsberger, Newton Weber and Jesse B. Martin. The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the first decade of the 20th century.

Pastors Renee Sauder and Allan Rudy-Froese served in 2001 as congregational leaders.


Burkholder, L. J. A Brief History of the Mennonites in Ontario. Kitchener, ON: 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, ON : Erb Street Mennonite Church, 2001.

Archival Records

Church records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

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)

Erb St. Mennonite Church Membership

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

Author(s) J. B. Martin
Marlene Epp
Date Published July 2011

Cite This Article

MLA style

Martin, J. B. and Marlene Epp. "Erb Street Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2011. Web. 24 May 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=91718.

APA style

Martin, J. B. and Marlene Epp. (July 2011). Erb Street Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 May 2018, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=91718.

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