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Niagara United Mennonite Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.
Source: Ontario's Places of Worship

The Niagara United Mennonite congregation began services in 1934, and formally organized in 1938. The first building was occupied in 1937, with a subsequent building program in 1949. Peter Kroeker is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization of the Niagara area by immigrants from the Soviet Union. Most of the early immigrants became fruit farmers in the Niagara district.

In 2002 the language of worship was English and German; the transition from German began in the 1950s.

[edit] Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (12 July 1966): 16.

Friesen, C. Alfred. Memoirs of the Virgil-Niagara Mennonites. 1984): 39-42.

Klassen, Peter. "The Niagara United Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1957, 15 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

The Niagara United Mennonite Church, 1938-1988. Niagara-on-the-Lake: Niagara United Mennonite Church, 1988, 196 pp.

Niagara United Mennonite Church history: Eben-Ezer 25 Jahre, 1938-1963. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: Niagara United Mennonite Church, 1963, 46 pp.

Stobbe, Bernard. "Ein Geschichtlicher Ueberblick ueber die drei Gemeinden der Vereinigten Mennoniten in der Niagara Halbinsel." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1956, 20 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Archival Records

Church records at the church.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: Box 909, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

Location: 1 km northeast of Virgil on the south side of Niagara Stone Road

Telephone: 905-468-3313

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1938-1988)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1938-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1938-1999)

[edit] Niagara United Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years of Service
Peter Kroeker 1938-1944
Cornelius K. Neufeld 1944-1946
Jacob A. Dyck, Aeltester 1947-1959
Cornelius K. Neufeld 1959-1961
Peter Klassen 1960-1962
David Janzen 1961-1972
Martin Sawatzky 1972-1975
Peter Falk 1975-1982
David Janzen & Werner Fast 1982-1983
Otto Dirks 1983-2000
Willard Shertzer 2000-2004
Rudy Dirks 2004-August 2016
David Lewis
(Intentional Interim)
September 2016-present

[edit] Niagara United Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 400
1965 704
1975 608
1985 745
1995 661
2000 625
2010 615
2015 602

Author(s) J.A. Dyck
Marlene Epp
Date Published January 1989

[edit] Cite This Article

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Dyck, J.A. and Marlene Epp. "Niagara United Mennonite Church (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 29 Sep 2016.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=135817.

APA style

Dyck, J.A. and Marlene Epp. (January 1989). Niagara United Mennonite Church (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 September 2016, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=135817.

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