Chesley Mennonite Fellowship (Chesley, Ontario, Canada)

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Chesley Mennonite Church in the 1980s.
Source: Mennonite Archives of Ontario 1984-1-369

The Chesley congregation began as an outreach of the Hanover Mennonite Fellowship in 1975. The meetinghouse, constructed from a renovated school building, came in 1976. Chesley joined the Mennonite Conference of Ontario in 1976, the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada in 1988 and the Conference of Mennonites in Canada in 1995.

For nineteen years the Hanover and Chesley congregations lived as one congregation with services in two locations, with a common membership and pastoral leadership. In 1985 the combined membership was 75. After some difficult discussions in 1995 the two congregations agreed to separate.

The congregation was too small to sustain itself, and closed in December 2001. Darrell Jantzi had served as a pastoral contact, and served as pastor for a year and a half during the independent years. The building was sold to local Old Order Amish who used it as a school once again.

The church was located on Concession 19, Brant Township. In 1995 the congregation had 15 members; in 2000, 13.


Mennonite Reporter, (22 December 1975): 10; (4 October 1976): 17; (29 November 1976): 4; (4 October 1982): 12; (24 November 1986): 15; (26 June 1989): 13; (17 April 1995): 4.

Snider, Grace. "Chesley Mennonite Closes its Doors." Canadian Mennonite 6 (11 February 2002). Web. 19 March 2010.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published March 2010

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