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Source: [http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/Ontario-s-Places-of-Worship/Inventory/Search-results-details.aspx?ItemID=4439 Ontario's Places of Worship]''.]]
 
Grace Mennonite Church was founded in 1956 in St. Catharines, Ontario. They began by worshiping in rented facilities. In 1958 they completed their own meeting house. The congregation was incorporated in 1957 and joined the conference as an independent congregation in 1960. The congregation originated through division from [[St. Catharines United Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)|St. Catharines United Mennonite Church]] because of its desire to use the English language in worship. The founding group included Henry Nickel, Walter Epp, Henry Schellenberg, and David Dyck.
 
Grace Mennonite Church was founded in 1956 in St. Catharines, Ontario. They began by worshiping in rented facilities. In 1958 they completed their own meeting house. The congregation was incorporated in 1957 and joined the conference as an independent congregation in 1960. The congregation originated through division from [[St. Catharines United Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)|St. Catharines United Mennonite Church]] because of its desire to use the English language in worship. The founding group included Henry Nickel, Walter Epp, Henry Schellenberg, and David Dyck.
  
During the first year, David Schroeder, then a seminary student in [[Chicago (Illinois, USA)|Chicago]], preached about twice a month. Henry Fransen was the first pastor, beginning in 1957.
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During the first year, [[Schroeder, David Kehler (1924-2015)|David Schroeder]], then a seminary student in [[Chicago (Illinois, USA)|Chicago]], preached about twice a month. Henry Fransen was the first pastor, beginning in 1957.
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
<em class="gameo_bibliography">Canadian Mennonite</em> (3 November 1961): 3; (21 March 1967): 9.
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''Canadian Mennonite'' (3 November 1961): 3; (21 March 1967): 9.
  
Dyck, Wanda. "History of the Grace Mennonite Church of St. Catharines." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1977, [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/index.htm Mennonite Heritage Centre.]
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Dyck, Wanda. "History of the Grace Mennonite Church of St. Catharines." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1977, [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/  Mennonite Heritage Centre.]
  
 
Lepp, Randy. "The History of Grace Mennonite Church." 1981.
 
Lepp, Randy. "The History of Grace Mennonite Church." 1981.
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<h3>Archival Records</h3>
  
<h3>Archival Records</h3> Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/holdings/ON/ON_GraceMCStCatharines.htm Volumes 4, 5, 1603, 2927, 3544, 3814, 4011, 4693].
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Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/ Volumes 4, 5, 1603, 2927, 3544, 3814, 4011, 4693].
  
[http://grebel.uwaterloo.ca/mao/ Mennonite Archives of Ontario]
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[https://uwaterloo.ca/mennonite-archives-ontario/ Mennonite Archives of Ontario]
 
= Additional Information =
 
= Additional Information =
<strong>Address</strong>: 677 Niagara Street, Box 2095, St. Catharines, ON, L2M 3R4
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'''Address''': 677 Niagara Street, Box 2095, St. Catharines, ON, L2M 3R4
  
<strong>Telephone</strong>: 905-935-6112
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'''Telephone''': 905-935-6112
  
<strong>Website</strong>: [http://www.gracemennonite.com/ Grace Mennonite Church]
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'''Website''': [http://www.gracemennonitechurch.com/ Grace Mennonite Church]
  
<strong>Denominational Affiliations</strong>:
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'''Denominational Affiliations''':
  
 
[[Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario|Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario]] (1959-1988)
 
[[Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario|Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario]] (1959-1988)
  
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)
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[http://www.mcec.ca/ Mennonite Church Eastern Canada] (1988-present)
  
Conference of Mennonites in Canada / [[Mennonite Church Canada|Mennonite Church Canada]] (1959-present)
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Conference of Mennonites in Canada / [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/ Mennonite Church Canada] (1959-present)
  
 
[[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]] (1959-1999)
 
[[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]] (1959-1999)
  
<h3>Grace Mennonite Church Leading Ministers</h3> <table class="vertical listing"> <tr> <th>Minister
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== Grace Mennonite Church Leading Ministers ==
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{|  class="wikitable"  
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! Minister !! Years<br />of Service
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|-
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| David Schroeder || 1956
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|-
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| Henry Fransen || 1957-1963
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|-
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| Arthur Dick || 1964-1966
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|-
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| John Krahn || 1967-1969
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|-
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| Edward Enns || 1971-1974
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|-
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| Fred Unruh || 1975-1984
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|-
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| Henry Paetkau || 1985-2000
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|-
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| Doug Amstutz and<br />Wanda Roth Amstutz || 2001-2007
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|-
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| Waldo Pauls || 2007-2014
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|-
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| David Brubacher<br />(Intentional Interim) || 2014-present
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|}
  
</th> <th>Years of Service
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== Grace Mennonite Church Membership ==
 
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{| class="wikitable"  
</th> </tr>  <tr> <td>David Schroeder</td> <td align="right">1956</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Henry Fransen</td> <td align="right">1957-1963</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Arthur Dick</td> <td align="right">1964-1966</td> </tr> <tr> <td>John Krahn</td> <td align="right">1967-1969</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Edward Enns</td> <td align="right">1971-1974</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Fred Unruh</td> <td align="right">1975-1984</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Henry Paetkau</td> <td align="right">1985-2000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Doug Amstutz and
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! Year !! Members
 
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Wanda Roth Amstutz
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| 1961 || align="right" | 144
 
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</td> <td align="right">2001-2007</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Waldo Pauls
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| 1965 || align="right" | 209
 
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</td> <td align="right">2007-present
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| 1975 || align="right" | 238
 
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</td> </tr> </table> <h3>Grace Mennonite Church Membership</h3> <table class="vertical listing">  <tr> <th>Year
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| 1985 || align="right" | 240
 
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</th> <th>Members
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| 1995 || align="right" | 225
 
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</th> </tr>  <tr> <td>1961
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| 2000 || align="right" | 224
 
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</td> <td align="right">144
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| 2015 || align="right" | 85
 
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|}
</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1965</td> <td align="right">209</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1975</td> <td align="right">238</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1985</td> <td align="right">240</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1995</td> <td align="right">225</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2000</td> <td align="right">224</td> </tr>  </table>
 
  
 
= Maps =
 
= Maps =
 
[[Map:Grace Mennonite Church, St. Catharines, ON|Map:Grace Mennonite Church, St. Catharines, ON]]
 
[[Map:Grace Mennonite Church, St. Catharines, ON|Map:Grace Mennonite Church, St. Catharines, ON]]
 
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Latest revision as of 22:08, 1 January 2017

Grace Mennonite Church, St. Catharines, ON.
Source: Ontario's Places of Worship
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Grace Mennonite Church was founded in 1956 in St. Catharines, Ontario. They began by worshiping in rented facilities. In 1958 they completed their own meeting house. The congregation was incorporated in 1957 and joined the conference as an independent congregation in 1960. The congregation originated through division from St. Catharines United Mennonite Church because of its desire to use the English language in worship. The founding group included Henry Nickel, Walter Epp, Henry Schellenberg, and David Dyck.

During the first year, David Schroeder, then a seminary student in Chicago, preached about twice a month. Henry Fransen was the first pastor, beginning in 1957.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (3 November 1961): 3; (21 March 1967): 9.

Dyck, Wanda. "History of the Grace Mennonite Church of St. Catharines." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1977, Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Lepp, Randy. "The History of Grace Mennonite Church." 1981.

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: Volumes 4, 5, 1603, 2927, 3544, 3814, 4011, 4693.

Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Additional Information

Address: 677 Niagara Street, Box 2095, St. Catharines, ON, L2M 3R4

Telephone: 905-935-6112

Website: Grace Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1959-1988)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1959-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1959-1999)

Grace Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
of Service
David Schroeder 1956
Henry Fransen 1957-1963
Arthur Dick 1964-1966
John Krahn 1967-1969
Edward Enns 1971-1974
Fred Unruh 1975-1984
Henry Paetkau 1985-2000
Doug Amstutz and
Wanda Roth Amstutz
2001-2007
Waldo Pauls 2007-2014
David Brubacher
(Intentional Interim)
2014-present

Grace Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1961 144
1965 209
1975 238
1985 240
1995 225
2000 224
2015 85

Maps

Map:Grace Mennonite Church, St. Catharines, ON


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published September 2011


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Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. "Grace Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2011. Web. 11 Dec 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Church_(St._Catharines,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=142382.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. (September 2011). Grace Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 11 December 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Church_(St._Catharines,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=142382.




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