Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

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The Bethany congregation began services in the 1860s, and formally organized in 1874. The first building was occupied in 1877, with a subsequent building program in 1908. Moses Weber is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through division from the Mennonite Conference of Ontario over language and revivalism. The congregation was originally known as Lancaster Street Mennonite. This was the first Mennonite Brethren in Christ church in the area.

Pastor Bill Anderson served in 2009 as the senior pastor. In 1900 there were 141 members; in 1925, 277; in 1950, 319; in 1975, 319; in 1985, 317; in 1995, 287. The congregation has been affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ (1883), the United Missionary Church (1947), the Missionary Church (1969) and Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, Canada East District (1993). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1890s.


Mennonite Encyclopedia. "Bethany."

Canadian Mennonite 6 (10 October 1958): 2.

Shantz, Ward M.  A History of Bethany Missionary Church 1877-1977. Kitchener: Bethany Missionary Church, 1977.

Additional Information

Address: 160 Lancaster Street East, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 1N2

Phone: 519-745-0151

Website: Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church

Denominational Affiliation: Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada


Map:Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church (Kitchener, Ontario)

Author(s) Arthur Walsh
Marlene Epp
Date Published December 1986

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Walsh, Arthur and Marlene Epp. "Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 1986. Web. 16 May 2022.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=146924.

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Walsh, Arthur and Marlene Epp. (December 1986). Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 May 2022, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=146924.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 304. All rights reserved.

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