Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

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Waterloo Mennonite Brethren sanctuary.
Source: Congregation's website

Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Sunday School, a mission endeavor of Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church and spearheaded by Vic Hiebert, began in the Brighton Public School in Waterloo, Ontario on 13 November 1960 with five students. Enrollment had increased to 12 students by March 1961 and then climbed to 19 that fall. A monthly family worship service also began that year. By the next fall, enrollment in the mission Sunday school had increased to 25 students. In 1966, the Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church arranged for the Waterloo congregation to be independent.

The Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church (WMB) officially began 1 January 1967 with 43 charter members. Frank C. Peters conducted the organizational meeting on 8 January, assisted by Henry H. Dueck. The motto chosen by the Waterloo congregation was John 10:10.

A lot on Lexington Road in Waterloo was purchased by the Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church in 1964, but construction did not begin until 1972. The dedication of the first building took place 27 May 1973. A major new addition, including a new sanctuary, was begun in 1988 and dedicated on 17 September 1989. The cost of the project was $2.3 million.

In 2001 the congregation established a church plant in the Victoria Hills section of Kitchener known as The Dwelling Place.

On 12 January 2010, Yvonne Martin, a nurse and member of WMB, was killed in the Haiti earthquake soon after they arrived to provide humanitarian aid in local communities.

Bibliography

Mathies, Nell. "New sanctuary dedicated." Mennonite Brethren Herald 28, no. 20 (27 October 1989): 19.

Mathies, Nell E. and Alyce Hiebert. "Waterloo MB Church marks milestone; holds commissioning." Mennonite Brethren Herald 40, no. 3 (2 February 2001): 16

"MB nurse dies in quake." Mennonite Brethren Herald 49, no. 2 (February 2010): 7.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (December 2012): 28; (March 2014): 21.

Mennonite Reporter (4 September 1989): 5; (23 January 1995): 1, 3.

Newton, Jim. "Dedication at Waterloo." Mennonite Brethren Herald 12, no. 12 (13 June 1973): 19.

"Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church." Mennonite Brethren Herald 27, no. 11 (27 May 1988): 49.

Additional Information

Address: 245 Lexington Road, Waterloo, ON N2K 2E1

Telephone: 519-885-5330

Website: Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1967-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1967-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1967-2002)


Waterloo MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Alvin Enns 1967-1975
Marvin Warkentin 1976-1985
Chuck Buller 1985-1992
Mike Frantz 1994-1998
David Macfarlane 2000-2003
Paul McIlwraith 2003-2012
Paul Loewen (interim) 2012-2014
Chris Stevens 2014-present

Waterloo MB Church Membership

Year Members
1967 43
1985 143
1995 331
2000 438
2010 583


Author(s) Richard D. Thiessen
Sam Steiner
Date Published June 2014


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Thiessen, Richard D. and Sam Steiner. "Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2014. Web. 23 Nov 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waterloo_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Waterloo,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147302.

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Thiessen, Richard D. and Sam Steiner. (June 2014). Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 November 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waterloo_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Waterloo,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147302.




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