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The St. Catharines United Mennonite congregation in St. Catharines, Ontario began services in 1942, and formally organized in 1945 by 16-18 families who had moved to the city or settled on neighboring fruit farms. The first building was occupied in 1945, with subsequent building programs in 1949 and 1967. The congregation originated through urbanization from Leamington, Niagara and Vineland. Wilhelm Schellenberg from the Leamington area is considered the founding leader of the group. The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.


Canadian Mennonite (12 July 1966): 16; (6 November 1970): 10.

Mennonite Reporter (28 November 1994): 17; (27 November 1995): 16.

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 Archives of Ontario

50th anniversary of the St. Catharines United Mennonite Church, 1945-1995. St. Catharines: The Church, 1995, 182 pp.

Additional Information

Address: Box 20299, 335 Linwell Rd., St. Catharines, ON  L2M 7M7

Phone: 905-935-8017


Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario (1944-88)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1946-)

General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM) (1947-1999)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-)

St. Catharines United Mennonite Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Wilhelm Schellenberg 1942-1949
Frank Andres 1950-1951
Peter Heinrichs 1952-1959
Henry P. Epp 1959-1968
Part of 1983
Norman Bergen 1969-1975
Otto Dirks 1981-1983
John R. Friesen 1984-1991
Jack Dyck 1991-2001
Ben Wiebe 2001-2004
Randy Dueck (Assistant) 2001-2004
Grant Gordon
(Intential Interim)
Ken Gazley 2006-2012
Jason Brown (Associate) 2009-2013
Liana Brown (Associate) 2009-2013
Randy Klaassen (Associate) 2012-Present
Doug Schulz 2013-Present

St. Catharines United Mennonite Membership

Year Members
1950 164
1965 455
1975 655
1985 679
1995 545
2000 548
2011 448


Map:St. Catharines United Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)

Author(s) F. J. Andres
Marlene Epp
Date Published April 1986

Cite This Article

MLA style

Andres, F. J. and Marlene Epp. "St. Catharines United Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 1986. Web. 22 Jun 2017.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105499.

APA style

Andres, F. J. and Marlene Epp. (April 1986). St. Catharines United Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 June 2017, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105499.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 401. All rights reserved.

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