The Zurich Mennonite congregation at Zurich, ON began services and formally organized on 26 March 1908. The first building was occupied in 1910, with a subsequent building program in 1989. Peter Ropp is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through division from Hay Amish Mennonite over rejection of dress regulations.
In 1950 there were 143 members; in 1965, 140; in 1975, 185; in 1985, 233; in 1995, 268; in 2000, 276. The congregation has been affiliated with the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec (1908-1988), Mennonite Church (1908-), Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada (1988-) and Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1995-). The language of worship is English.
Pastoral leaders who served Zurich have included: Christian Schrag (1911-1939), Stephen M. Peachey (1935-1952), Cyril Gingerich (1951/52), Albert Martin (1949-1961), Orval Jantzi (1961-1966), Ephraim Gingerich (1966-1970), Cyril Gingerich (Interim, 1971), Clayton Kuepfer (1972-1990), Paul & Grace Brunner (Interim, 1991/92), Winston Martin (Interim, 1992), Phil & Julie Bender (1993-1997), Reynold Kipfer (Interim 1998/99), Harold & Judy Shantz (2000- )
The congregation's address is Box 131, Zurich, ON, N0M 2T0. (519) 236-4933. The church is located on Huron County Rd. 84 west of Zurich.
Mennonite Reporter (21 August 1989): 10.
Burkholder, L. J. A Brief History of the Mennonites in Ontario. Kitchener, ON: Mennonite Conference of Ontario, 1935: 101.
Zurich Mennonite Church: Seventy-five Years 1908-1983. 1983.
Church records at church and Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
|Author(s)||Roy S. Koch|
|Date Published||January 1989|
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Koch, Roy S. and Marlene Epp. "Kingsfield-Zurich Mennonite Church (Zurich, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 22 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kingsfield-Zurich_Mennonite_Church_(Zurich,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=79098.
Koch, Roy S. and Marlene Epp. (January 1989). Kingsfield-Zurich Mennonite Church (Zurich, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kingsfield-Zurich_Mennonite_Church_(Zurich,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=79098.
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