The Wideman Mennonite congregation in Markham, Ontario is named after its first minister, Henry Wideman (d. 1810), who immigrated from Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1803. The first meetinghouse was located across from his homestead.
The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1880s. The congregation began services in 1803, and formally organized in 1816. The first building was occupied in 1817 with subsequent building programs in 1857 and 1928. Henry Wideman is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from Pennsylvania.
The second minister, Martin Hoover, arrived in 1804. Bishop Abraham Grove (d. 1836), who had been ordained in Pennsylvania, arrived in 1808. Jacob Grove (d. 1863), son of Abraham, was ordained minister in 1836 and bishop in 1837. Christian Reesor (d. 1915) was ordained bishop in 1887; he withdrew with the Old Order division of 1889.
Sunday school began about 1876, closed in the 1880s, and reopened in 1892. Wideman's was the largest of the early Mennonite churches in the Markham area. A substantial portion of the congregation followed its bishop, Christian Reesor, into the Old Order Mennonite movement. The Mennonite Brethren in Christ also attracted a number of members.
Burkholder, L. J. A Brief History of the Mennonites in Ontario. Kitchener, Ontario: Mennonite Conference of Ontario, 1935: 114-117.
Mennonite Reporter (26 July 1976): 4; (21 January 1985): 12.
Wideman, Janice. "A History of the Wideman Mennonite Church, 1816-1928." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1983, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
 Archival Records
Records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
 Additional Information
Address: 10530 Highway 48, R.R. 2, Markham, Ontario L3P 3J3
Phone: (905) 640-6219
Website: Wideman Mennonite Church
Mennonite Church (MC), 1898-1999
Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec, 1810-1988
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, 1988-Present
 Wideman Mennonite Church Pastors
|Name|| Years of|
|Abraham Grove (Bishop)||1808-1836|
|Jacob Grove (Bishop, 1837- )||1836-1863|
|Christian Reesor (Bishop)||1867-1889|
|Samuel R. Hoover||1888-1916|
|Isaac A. Wambold||1912-1954|
|Leonard W. Hoover||1914-1945|
|A. Lewis Fretz||1920-1931|
|Aaron D. Grove||1932-1960|
|Gary Harder (Interim)||2008-2010|
|Lydia Harder (Interim)||2008-2010|
|Lois Unrau Bukar||2010-2013|
 Wideman Mennonite Church Membership
|Author(s)||Harold S. Bender|
|Date Published||April 1986|
 Cite This Article
Bender, Harold S. and Marlene Epp. "Wideman Mennonite Church (Markham, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 1986. Web. 4 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wideman_Mennonite_Church_(Markham,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=131157.
Bender, Harold S. and Marlene Epp. (April 1986). Wideman Mennonite Church (Markham, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 4 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wideman_Mennonite_Church_(Markham,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=131157.
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