Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario, Canada)

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Bethany Mennonite Church, Virgil, ON.
Source: Ontario's Places of Worship

The Bethany Mennonite congregation began services and formally organized in 1964 as groups of young families sought to share worship and fellowship in the English language. The first building was occupied in 1965. David Janzen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through church planting by the Niagara United Mennonite Church.

The language of worship is English.


Canadian Mennonite 13 (12 January 1965): 1; 14 (22 February 1966): 1.

Mennonite Reporter 19 (20 February 1989): 13.

Friesen, C. Alfred. Memoirs of the Virgil-Niagara Mennonites. 1984: 43.

Records at Mennonite Heritage Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Additional Information

Address: 572 East & West Line, (Corner of Creek Road), Virgil, Ontario

Phone: 905-468-3505

Website: Bethany Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1965-1988)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Mennonite Church Canada (1965-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1965-1999)

Bethany Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
David Janzen 1964-1967
David P. Neufeld 1967-1977
Peter Klassen (interim) 1977
Harold Nigh (interim) 1977-1978
Waldemar Regier 1978-1987
Henry P. Epp (associate) 1984
David Janzen (interim) 1987-1988
Peter Klassen (interim) 1987-1988
Peter Falk (interim) 1988-1989
Lester Kehl 1989-1998
David Schneider (associate) 1991-1994
Andy Brubacher Kaethler (associate) 1993-2000
Randy Klaassen 1998-2011
Renate Klaassen 1998-2011
Troy Watson (associate) 2001-2007
Martin Misener (associate) 2009-2013
David Brubacher (interim) 2011-2014
Herb Sawatsky 2014-present
Diane Pinnell (associate) 2015-2016

Bethany Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 171
1975 286
1985 364
1995 304
2000 299
2015 288
2020 249


Map:Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario)

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published January 1989

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Epp, Marlene. "Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 26 Jun 2022.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171631.

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Epp, Marlene. (January 1989). Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 June 2022, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171631.

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