Riverdale Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada)

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The Riverdale Mennonite congregation at Millbank, Ontario, formerly known as Riverdale Amish Mennonite Church, began as a mission in a for­mer Presbyterian church, purchased in 1946 by the Mission Board of the Ontario Amish Mennonite Conference. A number of Mennonite families from surrounding congregations, including Poole Mennonite Church and Maple View Mennonite, began to worship in the church. Menno Zehr and Valentine Nafziger were superintendents of the mission. Preaching services were supplied by neighboring congregations. In January 1948 Menno Zehr was ordained minister, and in June 1948 a congregation was organized with about 60 charter members, which bought the meet­inghouse from the mission board.

The founding bishop, Valentine Nafziger, withdrew with 23 members in 1956 to form Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church.


A History of Riverdale Mennonite Church, 1946-1996. Millbank, ON: The Church, 1996, 67 pp.

Mennonite Reporter (29 July 1991): 11.

Archival Records

Records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 4138 Perth Line 72, Millbank, Ontario (Box 195, Millbank ON N0K 1L0)

Phone: 519-595-4055


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church (MC) (1959-1999)

Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (1947-1988)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-Present

Mennonite Church Canada (1995-Present)

Riverdale Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Sam Erb 1946-1948
Menno Zehr 1948-1983
Valentine Nafziger 1951-1956
David Jantzi 1958-1982
Glenn Zehr 1982-2000
Darrell Jantzi
Clive Ollies 2001-2006
Sue C. Steiner
September 2006
June 2007
Jim Brown August 2007-Present

Riverdale Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 86
1965 162
1975 192
1985 207
1995 235
2000 234
2010 168


Map:Riverdale Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada)

Author(s) Orland Gingerich
Valentine Nafziger
Marlene Epp
Date Published 1986

Cite This Article

MLA style

Gingerich, Orland, Valentine Nafziger and Marlene Epp. "Riverdale Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1986. Web. 20 Jun 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Riverdale_Mennonite_Church_(Millbank,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114251.

APA style

Gingerich, Orland, Valentine Nafziger and Marlene Epp. (1986). Riverdale Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 June 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Riverdale_Mennonite_Church_(Millbank,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114251.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 345. All rights reserved.

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