Bethel Missionary Church (Lion's Head, Ontario, Canada)

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The Bethel Missionary Church (formerly Bruce Peninsula Mennonite Brethren in Christ/United Missionary Church), located at  Lion's Head, Ontario, 45 miles (75 km) north of Owen Sound, was established in 1885. The first meetinghouse was built in 1904. In 1950 the membership was 37. For a time it was one of three meetinghouses on the Bruce Peninsula, but as travel improved became the only location.

The building was initially located at Ferndale, but was moved into Lion's Head on Main Street in 1945. It served at this location until 1997 when a new church was built on the edge of Lion's Head.


Gingerich, Charles S. The Peninsula Pilgrims: a History of Bethel Church. Lion's Head: The Church, 2007.

Additional Information

Address: 18 Ferndale Road, Lion's Head, Ontario

Phone: 519-793-3221

Denominational Affiliation: Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada

Mennonite Brethren in Christ/Missionary Church Ministers

on the Bruce Peninsula

William Schroeder 1885-1891
William Little 1895-1897
Sylvester Fretz 1905-1908
R. J. McLaren 1909-1912
Albert Remington 1909-1912
William Yates 1912-1914
Robert Eltherington 1914-1918
Charles Sinden 1918-1922
Nicholas Schwalm 1922-1925
Leslie Groves 1925-1930
Ernest Lucas 1930-1934
Harold R. Brown 1934-1938
Percy R. Barley 1938-1942
William Purdy 1942-1947
Orville Bell 1947-1949
George Turnbull 1949-1950
Clinton Bell 1950-1951
John Hamilton 1951-1955
Douglas Gray 1955-1958
James Hill 1958-1978
Peter Dennison 1978-1981
Claran Martin 1981-1984
Robert Marcus 1984-1988
George Grierson 1988-1999
Charles Gingerich 1999-2008
Phil English 2008-


Map:Bethel Missionary Church (Lion's Head, Ontario)

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Sam Steiner
Date Published August 2009

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Gingerich, Melvin and Sam Steiner. "Bethel Missionary Church (Lion's Head, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2009. Web. 15 Oct 2019.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=146935.

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Gingerich, Melvin and Sam Steiner. (August 2009). Bethel Missionary Church (Lion's Head, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 15 October 2019, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=146935.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 443. All rights reserved.

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