Cassel Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ontario, Canada)

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Cassel Mennonite Church, Tavistock, Ontario Source: Brian L. Shantz Ltd.

The Cassel Mennonite congregation began services in 1935, and formally organized in 1964. The first building was occupied in 1935, with an additional building program in 1994. Bishop Daniel Iutzi is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through division from East Zorra Mennonite Church because of the latter congregation's increasing numbers. Cassel was listed as part of East Zorra membership until 1964.

On 7-9 May 2010, the congregation celebrated its 75th anniversary.


Lichti, Fred. A History of the East Zorra (Amish) Mennonite Church 1837-1977. Tavistock, Ont.: East Zorra Mennonite Church, 1977, 132 pp.

Mennonite Reporter (26 December 1994): 9.

Rogalsky, Dave. "Comfortable Being Rural: Cassel Mennonite Church Celebrates 75th Anniversary." Canadian Mennonite (12 July 2010): 22.

Zehr, Vernon and Leona Bender. Cassel Mennonite Church 1935-1985. Cassel Mennonite Church, 1985, 40 pp.

Archival Records

Church records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 696556 17th Line, Tavistock, Ontario

Phone: 519-462-2251

Website: Cassel Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (1964-1988)

Mennonite Church (1964-1999)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Mennonite Church Canada (1995-present)

Cassel Mennonite Ministers

Name Years of


Daniel S. Iutzi (Bishop) 1935-1948
Jacob R. Bender 1935-1947
Menno Kuepfer 1935-1940
Daniel Wagler 1940-1958
David Schwartzentruber 1940-1958
Joel Schwartzentruber 1947-1958
Henry Yantzi (Bishop) 1948-1958
Vernon Zehr 1958-1973
Ephraim Gingerich 1973-1979
Dan Nighswander 1979-1984
Mary Jane Brenneman (interim) 1984
Steve Martin 1985-1987
Steve Gerber (interim) 1987/1988
Gordon Martin 1988-1997
Jim Whitehead 1997-present

Cassel Mennonite Membership

Year Members
1965 173
1975 163
1985 179
1995 166
2000 153
2009 153

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published September 2010

Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Cassel Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2010. Web. 14 Dec 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=91350.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (September 2010). Cassel Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 14 December 2018, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=91350.

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