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West Zion Mennonite Church, Carstairs, AB
Source: Church website

The West Zion Mennonite congregation at Carstairs, Alberta began services and formally organized in 1901. The first building was occupied in 1902, with a subsequent building program in 1932. Israel R. Shantz is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization of Alberta from Ontario.

The first Mennonite to settle in the Carstairs-Didsbury area was Andrew Weber, who came from Ontario in 1894. The main settlement was made in April 1901. The congregation was unusual for its time, as half the membership in the 1950s was of British descent.

Ministers who served prior to 1960 included Israel R. Shantz, Amos Weber, Moses H. Schmitt, Noah R. Weber, Henry Weber, Allan Good, Norman Buschert, Alvin Steckly, Abe Reist, Ezra Stauffer, Linford Hackman, Henry J. Harder and Gordon Buschert.

[edit] Bibliography

Stauffer, Ezra. History of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. 1960: 36.

[edit] Additional Information

Mailing address: Box 626, Carstairs, AB T0M 0N0

Phone: 403-337-2020.

Website: West Zion Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Northwest Mennonite Conference (1903-present)

Mennonite Church

[edit] West Zion Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1925 35
1950 78
1965 68
1975 59
1985 58
1995 73
2000 82

Author(s) Ezra Stauffer
Marlene Epp
Date Published July 1986

[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Stauffer, Ezra and Marlene Epp. "West Zion Mennonite Church (Carstairs, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 1986. Web. 25 Apr 2017.,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=141697.

APA style

Stauffer, Ezra and Marlene Epp. (July 1986). West Zion Mennonite Church (Carstairs, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 April 2017, from,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=141697.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 930. All rights reserved.

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