Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church (New Dundee, Ontario, Canada)

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The congregation began services in 1855 as a preaching appointment of the New Mennonite Conference, and formally organized in 1877. The first building was constructed in 1878 on a corner lot of the Wendell and nancy Hallman farm, 1.5 km north and 1.5 km west of New Dundee. The first service was held Christmas Day, 1878. At this time the congregation was of the United Mennonite Conference, the result of a merger of the New Mennonites and Reforming Mennonites. After two other mergers, the conference in 1883 was known as the Mennonite Brethren in Christ.

Initially in the new building worship services were held every other Sunday, with Sunday school every Sunday. In 1921 the congregation decided to move into the town of New Dundee on a lot next to the parsonage on Bridge Street that had been purchased in 1891. The dedication of the new building took place on 6 November 1921.

In 1954 the congregation agreed to plant a new church in Plattsville in a vacant Baptist Church; the renovated church was dedicated in 1956. In 1966 the need for expansion was again felt. Since the present church lot was too small, a new building was erected at the present location on Bridge Street. This was completed in 1968.

In 1900 there were 159 members; in 1925, 204; in 1950, 156; in 1975, 177; in 1985, 187; in 1995, 176. The congregation has been affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ (1883-1947), the United Missionary Church (1947-1969), The Missionary Church (1969-1993) and the Evangelical Missionary Church (1993-). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1870s. In 2009 the pastor was Graham Burkhart.


Hoover, Muriel I. Bethel "House of God": A History of Bethel Missionary Church, New Dundee, Ontario, 1878-1978. New Dundee: The Church, 1978, 73 pp.

Parker, Diane and Elaine. "History of the New Dundee Missionary Church." ca. 1971, 10 pp.

Additional Information

Address: 1531 Bridge Street, New Dundee, Ontario

Phone: 519-696-2284

Website: Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church

Denominational Affiliation: Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada

Pastors at Bethel, 1877-1978

Minister Years
Menno Bowman 1877-1880
William Hilts 1880-1883
Peter Geiger 1883-1884
Henry Goudie 1884-1886
Bernhard Kreutziger 1886-1888
Noah Detweiler 1888-1890
Jacob B. Detwiler 1890-1894
Peter Cober 1894-1895
Solomon Eby 1895-1899
Samuel Stauffer 1899-1902
Christian Raymer 1902-1905
Ephraim Sievenpiper 1905-1908
John A. Sider 1908-1912
Charles I. Sinden 1912-1916
N. H. Schwalm 1916-1920
Elmer Moyer 1920-1924
Isaac Brubacher 1924-1929
William Brown 1929-1934
Lewis R. Pipher 1934-1939
Sidney S. Shantz 1939-1943
Herbert Shantz 1943-1949
Henry Good 1949-1953
Percy G. Lehman 1953-1959
J. E. (Ted) Montgomery 1959-1965
Cyril Berry 1965-1971
Paul L. Storms 1971-


Map:Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church (New Dundee, Ontario)

Author(s) Herbert Shantz
Marlene Epp
Date Published December 1986

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Shantz, Herbert and Marlene Epp. "Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church (New Dundee, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 1986. Web. 27 Jul 2021.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=130565.

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Shantz, Herbert and Marlene Epp. (December 1986). Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church (New Dundee, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 July 2021, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=130565.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 315. All rights reserved.

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