Cassel Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ontario, Canada)

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Cassel Mennonite Church, Tavistock, Ontario.
Source: Ontario's Places of Worship.

On 5 May 1935, 162 people met to worship for the first time as the Cassel Amish Mennonite Church. The Cassel congregation resulted from overcrowded conditions at the nearby East Zorra Amish Mennonite Church, located on the 16th Line of East Zorra township on Oxford County, Ontario. The Cassel congregation purchased an unused church building from the Evangelical Church on the 17th Line, just one concession road to the east.

Until 1964 the Cassel and East Zorra congregations functioned as one congregation with a joint pastoral team of Bishop Daniel Iutzi, ministers Jacob R. Bender and Menno Kipfer, and deacons Dan Wagler and David Swartzentruber. The preaching switched from German to English in 1930. In 1964, Cassel voted to become an independent congregation when Vernon Zehr was pastor.

In 1994-1995, the congregation carried out a major addition and other significant renovations to the church building.

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.

"Our history." Cassel Mennonite Church. 2016. Web. 5 December 2016.

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.

Zehr, Vernon, Leona Bender and John Bender. Cassel Mennonite Church 1935-2010: from the past will come the future, 75th anniversary celebration 2010. Tavistock, Ont. : The Church, 2010. 161 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 Service
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) 1984-1985
Steve Martin 1985-1987
Steve Gerber (interim) 1987
Gordon Martin 1988-1997
Jim Whitehead 1997-2012
Wanda Roth Amstutz 2012-Present

Cassel Mennonite Membership

Year Members
1965 173
1975 163
1985 179
1995 166
2000 153
2015 142
2020 127

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published December 2016

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Cassel Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2016. Web. 4 Aug 2021.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171637.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (December 2016). Cassel Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 4 August 2021, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171637.

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