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The Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, originally located southwest of Berlin, Ontario began services about 1833, and formally organized in 1838. The first building was occupied in 1842; it was replaced by a brick building in 1895 with a seating capacity of 150. This building was replaced in 1981.

John Steckle is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through emigration from Pennsylvania. The congregation has also been known as Weber Mennonite or Strasburg Mennonite.

The congregation has been affiliated with the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (1842-1988), the Mennonite Church (1898), Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988) and the Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1995-). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1900s.

[edit] Bibliography

Archives at Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Mennonite Reporter (30 March 1981): 14; (8 June 1981): 4; (15 June 1992): 15; (11 January 1993): 1, 3.

Snider, Esther. 135th anniversary 1842-1977: a History of the Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship. Kitchener, Ontario: The Church, 1977.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 68 Biehn Dr., Kitchener, Ontario N2G 3W5

Phone: (519) 748-5241

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Mennonite Church Canada

[edit] Pastoral Leaders at Pioneer Park

Name Years
of Service
David Sherk 1838-1840
John Steckle 1840-1879
Noah Stauffer 1876-1928
Isaiah Wismer 1906-1933
Jesse B. Martin 1925-1929
Simon Martin 1930-1958
Lester Bauman 1958-1964
Stanley Sauder 1965-1968
Jesse B. Martin
Darrell D. Jantzi 1969-1985
Rufus Jutzi
Brian Laverty 1986-2011
Johanna Wall 2011-Present

[edit] Pioneer Park Membership

Year Members
1925 61
1950 76
1965 47
1975 73
1985 119
1995 60
2000 51
2010 59

[edit] Map

Map:Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, Mennonite (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2013

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Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, Mennonite (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2013. Web. 10 Dec 2016.,_Mennonite_(Kitchener,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=133359.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (December 2013). Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, Mennonite (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 December 2016, from,_Mennonite_(Kitchener,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=133359.

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