The Valleyview Mennonite congregation in London, ON began services in 1953, and formally organized in 1962. The first building was occupied in 1953, with a subsequent building program in 1963. Alvin Roth and Ralph Lebold are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by Nairn Mennonite Church, the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario. The church was an outgrowth of the Goodwill Rescue Mission established in London by Nairn Mennonite in the early 1950s. Services began with Sunday School. Previously known as Forest City Mennonite Mission and King St. Mennonite Church (1953-62).
In 1965 there were 44 members; in 1975, 121; in 1985, 119; in 1995, 117; in 2000, 120; in 2003, 175. The congregation has been affiliated with the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (1953-1988), Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-) and Mennonite Church Canada (1995-). The congregational holds services in both English and Korean. The Korean services began in Fall 2000.
The congregation's address is 1170 Melsandra Ave., London, ON, N5Y 4N9. (519) 438-1705. The church is located at the corner of Briarhill and Melsandra. In 2003 Russell Sawatsky served as pastor to the English language fellowship, and Young Jee Na and Young Ho Park as pastors to the Korean language fellowship.
Mennonite Reporter (27 October 1980): 12.
Adams, John. "Ministry to Community: the Mennonite Church in London, Ontario, 1953-1970." Research paper, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, 1970, 68 pp.
Mennonites in Canada collection, "50-London," Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
Records as Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
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