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The Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada was the result of an integration of three Ontario Mennonite groups: the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec (5,110 members, 1987), the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (3,195 members, 1987), and the Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario (5,192 members, 1987). The first two groups were conferences of the Mennonite Church (MC). The last was a provincial conference related to the Conference of Mennonites in Canada, which was one of the districts of the General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM).

The Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada was rooted in a long history of cooperation including the formation of the Nonresistant Relief Organization (1917), Conference of Historic Peace Churches (1940s), a joint Mennonite Mission and Service Board (1950s), and Conrad Grebel College (1960s). In 1973 the three conferences formed an Inter-Mennonite Conference (Ontario) to direct the growing cooperative work in mission, education, and congregational resources. The separate conference structures remained intact, and they reserved the right to make final decisions on policy and budgets.

A 1979 proposal to amalgamate all three groups was defeated. In 1986, however, the conferences decided to "integrate" (this term, it was felt, implied less of a melting pot than "merger" or "amalgamation") by 1988.

In March 1987 delegates from the three conferences approved a structural model for the proposed integration. They also decided to become associate members of each other's North American general conferences for a six-year get-acquainted period rather than leave wider affiliations up to each individual congregation. The Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada was officially inaugurated on 1 March 1988. In 1997 the conference numbered 97 congregations with 13,630 members; all but one congregation hold dual conference affiliation (MC and GCM).

In October 2001 the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada changed its name to Mennonite Church Eastern Canada in recognition of the transformation of the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church into Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada (formerly Conference of Mennonites in Canada). Instead of relating to separate binational and national denominational structures, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada now was affiliated only with a national body. In 2001 the conference included 95 congregations with a total membership of 14,075.

In 2010 the following 99 congregations were members of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada:

Congregation Location
Agape Fellowship House Church London, ON
Avon Mennonite Church Stratford, ON
Bethany Mennonite Church Virgil, ON
Bethel Mennonite Church Elora, ON
Blenheim Ecumenical House Church Kitchener, ON
Bloomingdale Mennonite Church Bloomingdale, ON
Breslau Mennonite Church Breslau, ON
Brussels Mennonite Fellowship Brussels, ON
Calvary Church Ayr (Mennonite) Ayr, ON
Calvary Mennonite Church Monetville, ON
Cassel Mennonite Church Tavistock, ON
Chin Christian Church Kitchener, ON
Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville Stouffville, ON
Community Mennonite Fellowship Drayton, ON
Crosshill Mennonite Church Millbank, ON
Danforth Mennonite Church Toronto, ON
East Zorra Mennonite Church Tavistock, ON
Église évangélique Mennonite de Joliette Joliette, QC
Église évangélique Mennonite de Rawdon Rawdon, QC
Elmira Mennonite Church Elmira, ON
Erb Street Mennonite Church Waterloo, ON
Erie View United Mennonite Church Port Rowan, ON
Faith Mennonite Church Leamington, ON
First Hmong Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
First Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
First Mennonite Church Vineland, ON
Floradale Mennonite Church Floradale, ON
Grace Lao Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
Grace Mennonite Church St. Catharines, ON
Hagerman Mennonite Church Markham, ON
Hamilton Mennonite Church Hamilton, ON
Hanover Mennonite Church Hanover, ON
Harrow Mennonite Church Harrow, ON
Hawkesville Mennonite Church Hawkesville, ON
Hillcrest Mennonite Church New Hamburg, ON
Hunta Mennonite Church Hunta, ON
Iglesia Menonita Refugio de Paz Sherbrooke, QC
Jane Finch Faith Community Downsview, ON
Kingsfield-Clinton Clinton, ON
Kitchener-Waterloo House Church Waterloo, ON
Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church Toronto, ON
Lao Christian Fellowship St. Catharines, ON
Leamington United Mennonite Church Leamington, ON
Listowel Mennonite Church Listowel, ON
Living Water Community Christian Fellowship New Hamburg, ON
Mannheim Mennonite Church Petersburg, ON
Maple View Mennonite Church Wellesley, ON
Markham Chinese Mennonite Church Markham, ON
Markham Christian Worship Centre Markham, ON
McArthur's Mills Christian Fellowship Bancroft, ON
Mennonite Fellowship of Montreal Montreal, QC
Milverton Mennonite Fellowship Milverton, ON
Mississauga Mennonite Fellowship Mississauga, ON
Nairn Mennonite Church Ailsa Craig, ON
Niagara United Mennonite Church Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Nith Valley Mennonite Church New Hamburg, ON
North Leamington United Mennonite Church Leamington, ON
Ottawa Mennonite Church Ottawa, ON
Petitcodiac Mennonite Church Petitcodiac, NB
Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship Kitchener, ON
Poole Mennonite Church Milverton, ON
Preston Mennonite Church Cambridge, ON
Quest Christian Community St. Catharines, ON
Rainham Mennonite Church Selkirk, ON
Rehoboth Evangelical Church Toronto, ON
River of Life Fellowship Kitchener, ON
Riverdale Mennonite Church Millbank, ON
Rockway Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
Rouge Valley Mennonite Church Markham, ON
Shantz Mennonite Church Baden, ON
soulspace Stratford, ON
St. Agatha Mennonite Church Baden, ON
St. Catharines United Mennonite Church St. Catharines, ON
St. Jacobs Mennonite Church St. Jacobs, ON
Steinmann Mennonite Church Baden, ON
Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
Tavistock Mennonite Church Tavistock, ON
The Church of the Living Word in Ottawa Ottawa, ON
The Gathering Church Kitchener, ON
Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church Toronto, ON
Toronto Mennonite New Life Church Toronto, ON
Toronto United Lao Mennonite Church Toronto, ON
Toronto United Mennonite Church Toronto, ON
Tree of Life/Arbre de Vie Monetville, ON
Valleyview Mennonite Church London, ON
Village International Mennonite Church Ottawa, ON
Vineland United Mennonite Church Vineland, ON
Vision Mennonite Church London, ON
Wanner Mennonite Church Cambridge, ON
Waterloo North Mennonite Church Waterloo, ON
Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church Waterloo, ON
Waters Mennonite Church Lively, ON
Wellesley Mennonite Church Wellesley, ON
West Hills Mennonite Fellowship New Hamburg, ON
Wideman Mennonite Fellowship Markham, ON
Wilmot Mennonite Church New Hamburg, ON
Windsor Mennonite Fellowship Windsor, ON
Zion Mennonite Fellowship Elmira, ON
Zurich Mennonite Church Zurich, ON

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Reporter (9 November 1987): 5.

Mennonite Yearbook & Directory, 1988-89, ed. James E. Horsch. Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Publishing House, 1989: 52-54.

Mennonite Yearbook & Directory, 1997, ed. James E. Horsch. Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Publishing House, 1997: 43.

[edit] Additional Information

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada website


Author(s) Ron Rempel
Sam Steiner
Date Published July 2010


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Rempel, Ron and Sam Steiner. "Mennonite Church Eastern Canada." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 27 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mennonite_Church_Eastern_Canada&oldid=115193.

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Rempel, Ron and Sam Steiner. (July 2010). Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mennonite_Church_Eastern_Canada&oldid=115193.




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