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Port Rowan Mennonite Brethren Church, 1949.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
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Russian Mennonite immigrants came to the Selkirk, Ontario area in 1925 to be hosted by the Pennsylvania German Mennonites who had been there since the late 18th century. In 1926 these immigrants took up land in the Port Rowan area. These Mennonite families were from the Mennonite Brethren and General Conference Mennonite backgrounds but they were worshiped together in the Messiah Church building. In 1927 the Mennonite Brethren families formed their own congregation with 11 charter members. This group met in private homes periodically to discuss their own business but they continued to worship together with all the Mennonite families in the Messiah Church building. In 1940 the two groups separated and the Mennonite Brethren families purchased the Messiah Church building.

The Messiah Church building was expanded in 1946 when more space was needed when more families moved into the area. Renovations were completed in 1949. The language transition from German to English began in the 1950s. In 1958 a new meeting house was constructed. The original Messiah Church building, built in 1883 was finally dismantled in 1977 after having been moved one last time. In 1970 an education wing was added to the 1958-built meeting house. In 1976 a foyer was added.

Port Rowan is the parent congregation to Simcoe Mennonite Brethren and Evergreen Heights Christian Fellowship.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Brethren Herald (7 February 1986): 18; (27 May 1988): 53.

Teigrob, David. What Mean These Stones: Mennonite Brethren Church, Port Rowan, 1927-1977. Port Rowan: Port Rowan Mennonite Brethren Church, 1979, 90 pp.

When Your Children Shall Ask: a History of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1957-1982. 1982: 41-43.

[edit] Archival Records

Church records at Center for MB Studies, Fresno, California, copies at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: R. R. 3, Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0

Location: 465 Concession Road 1, 6.5 km west of Port Rowan on the north side of Concession Rd. 1

Telephone: 519-586-2835

Website: Port Rowan MB Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1933-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1933-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1939-2002)

[edit] Port Rowan MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Dietrich Doerksen 1927-1928
Johann Baese 1928-1933
Gerhard Derksen 1928-1933
Alexander Suderman 1928-1933
Peter Reimer 1933-1934
Jacob Penner Sr. 1934-1956
Peter Reimer 1956-1962
Willie Baerg 1962-1965
Peter Reimer 1965-1966
Abram Block 1966-1971
Jacob Penner Jr. 1971-1973
Walter Janzen 1973-1978
Ralph Teigrob (interim) 1978-1979
Cornelius Braun 1979-1990
Arnie Neufeld 1991-1993
John Unger (interim) 1993
Bill Lehman 1994-1998
Ralph Teigrob (interim) 1999
Randy Dueck (interim) 1999
Alexander "Sandy" Young 2000-2006
Ralph Teigrob (interim) 2007
Paul Robinson 2007-2012
Steve Savage 2012-present

[edit] Port Rowan MB Church Membership

Year Members
1950 112
1965 147
1975 215
1985 221
1995 266
2000 279


Author(s) H. H. Janzen
Marlene Epp
Date Published January 1989


[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Janzen, H. H. and Marlene Epp. "Port Rowan Mennonite Brethren Church (Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 22 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Port_Rowan_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Port_Rowan,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=116003.

APA style

Janzen, H. H. and Marlene Epp. (January 1989). Port Rowan Mennonite Brethren Church (Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Port_Rowan_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Port_Rowan,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=116003.




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