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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

In 1950 there were 164 members; in 1965, 455; in 1975, 655; in 1985, 679; in 1995, 545; in 2000, 548. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1944-88), Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1946-), General Conference Mennonite Church (1947-1999) and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-). The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

Leading ministers since 1942 have included Wilhelm Schellenberg (1942-1949), Frank Andres (1950-1951), Peter Heinrichs (1952-1959), Henry P. Epp (1959-1968, 1976-1981, part of 1983), Norman Bergen (1969-1975), Otto Dirks (1981-1983), John R. Friesen (1984-1991), Jack Dyck (1991-2001), Ben Wiebe (2001-    )


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

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. 28 May 2017.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=77868.

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 28 May 2017, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=77868.

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

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