Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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LCEMC at opening service in new space, September 2011. LCEMC webiste.

The Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church (LCEMC), under the leadership of Kuaying Teng, pastor of the Lao Christian Fellowship, and Chinda Kommala, a lay leader, began to meet in Toronto, Ontario, in September 2004. The congregation originated from a division within the Toronto United Lao Mennonite Church over the leadership of its pastor, Boris Sithideth. 

They have tried to reach Laotians, Thais and other nationals who live in the Greater Toronto Area. The group became an emerging congregation within Mennonite Church Eastern Canada in April 2006. The congregation has alternated between English and Lao services, with translation into Lao during English preaching. The LCEMC has shared some joint services a few Sundays each year with three other Mennonite Church Eastern Canada churches: Community Mennonite Fellowship in Drayton, Steinmann Mennonite Church in Baden, and Wanner Mennonite Church in Cambridge.

On 11 December 2011 there was reconciliation with the Toronto United Lao Mennonite Church (TULMC), and the remaining members of TULMC became part of Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church. 

For some years the congregation met in the office area of a rice warehouse. On 26 September 2010 it moved into new quarters in an industrial area at the corner of Finch and Weston in Toronto.

In April 2017 the Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church became a full member of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

Bibliography

Loewen, Emily. "The Merger God Has Been Waiting For." Canadian Mennonite 16, no. 1 (9 January 2012): 13.

Mennonite Church Canada. "New Ministries." Multi-cultural Ministry Newsletter (December 2004): 3. Available at http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/files/news/multicult/Dec2004.pdf (accessed 27 April 2009)

"Two New Congregations Join MCEC - April 2006." Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. http://www.mcec.ca/MCECStories/Emergingchurches.pdf (accessed 27 April 2009)

Additional Information

Meeting Address: 2300 Finch Avenue West, Unit 23, Toronto, ON M9M 2V3

Website: Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Mennonite Church Canada

Pastors at Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite

Name Years of Service
Chinda Kommala  2004- 
Dale Bauman  2004-2011 
Ongath Phounsavath   2011- 
Jason Martin (Youth)  2011-2014 

Membership at Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite

Year Membership
2015 50

Maps

Map:Lao Christian Evangelical Mennonite Church (Toronto, Ontario)


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published May 2017


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Steiner, Sam. "Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2017. Web. 19 Oct 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lao_Canadian_Evangelical_Mennonite_Church_(Toronto,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=148020.

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Steiner, Sam. (May 2017). Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 October 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lao_Canadian_Evangelical_Mennonite_Church_(Toronto,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=148020.




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