The Rainham Mennonite community began services in 1793. The first building was occupied in 1846, with a subsequent building program in 1873. Jacob Hoover (d. 1810) of York County, Pennsylvania settled in the community in 1790 with his family of five sons and three daughters. Early names in the settlement included Strickler, Shank, Swartz, Byers and Miller. Trouble apparently arose early in the history of the Mennonite community here, because an 1853 list of ministers omits the Rainham community. Perhaps the Rainham leadership was in sympathy with Daniel Hoch's movement based in Vineland, Ontario.
The profusion of cemeteries is also an indication of division. There are two small cemeteries south of Selkirk; there are also cemeteries in Walpole, Fisherville, Sweet's Corners and at Hoover's Point on Lake Erie. A settlement of Mennonites from Strickler church of Clarence, New York that settled here in the mid-1800s.
For a time Rainham shared a pastor with South Cayuga Mennonite Church.
Rainham has also been known as Stoney Creek Mennonite, Lake Shore Mennonite and Huberts meetinghouse. In 1989 about 30 members (including pastor Malcolm Eby) left to form the Living Word Christian Fellowship.
The church is located five km east of Selkirk on the west side of Fisherville Rd.
Mennonite Reporter (17 September 1979): 4; (30 May 1983): 4; (25 December 1989): 5; (18 October 1993): 15.
"The Rainham Church," n.d., 6 pp.; Mennonites in Canada collection, MC (1900-Rainham), Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
Address: 173 Regional Rd 12, Rainham, Ontario
Phone: (905) 776-3021
Mennonite Church (MC) (1898-1999)
Mennonite Conference of Ontario (1836-1988)
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-)
Rainham Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders
|Benjamin B. Shantz||1924-1931|
|A. Lewis Fretz||1931-1963|
| Orland Gingerich
Rainham Mennonite Church Membership
|Author(s)||Joseph C. Fretz|
|Date Published||December 2013|
Cite This Article
Fretz, Joseph C. and Sam Steiner. "Rainham Mennonite Church (Selkirk, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2013. Web. 29 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rainham_Mennonite_Church_(Selkirk,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105464.
Fretz, Joseph C. and Sam Steiner. (December 2013). Rainham Mennonite Church (Selkirk, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rainham_Mennonite_Church_(Selkirk,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105464.
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