Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada)

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Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, began in 1996 as an outreach from the Hagerman Mennonite Church. In 1995 a significant number of members at Hagerman developed a vision to start a new church in the town of Stouffville, and about half the congregation helped to form the new congregation--about 30 adults and 25 children. Hagerman's pastor, Gord Alton, agreed to serve both congregations during a transition period that lasted four years. He continued as Community Mennonite's pastor for an additional six years.

Over the years, the Community Mennonite congregation's members have been active, both in local and national politics. Its members were central to erecting a plaque honoring the Town of Stouffville's founding pacifists who settled the local area prior to the War of 1812. Members of the congregation have run for local political office, and another Community Mennonite member, Jane Philpott, was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2015 and served as a minister in the Liberal government.

The congregation was also the home of several of the founders of the drama troupe, Theatre of the Beat, who have addressed numerous contemporary issues in their projects.

Community Mennonite has always rented space in the facilities of Parkview Village, a complex begun by Mennonites that provides a range of facilities for seniors.

Community Mennonite's mission statement commits, "To be a growing Christian community seeking to love God and God's creation, our neighbours and ourselves."


Benner, Dick. "'Seeking the welfare of the city': God at work in the halls of power." Canadian Mennonite 18, no. 22 (10 November 2014):4-7.

Reesor-McDowell, Joanna. "Hagerman church fosters two new congregations." Canadian Mennonite 7, no. 4 (24 February 2003): 26.

Additional Information

Address: P.O. Box 95028, Stouffville, ON L4A 1J1

Meeting at: Parkview Village Auditorium, 12184 Ninth Line, Stouffville, Ontario

Phone: 905-640-9730


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Community Mennonite Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Gord Alton 1996-2006
Cameron Kaufman-Frey 2006-2016
Marv Friesen (Interim) 2018-September 2019
Glyn Jones
(Shared with Rouge Valley)
May 2020-present

Community Mennonite Membership

Year Members
1996 30
2008 54
2015 75
2020 38

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published August 2016

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2016. Web. 27 Jun 2022.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171640.

APA style

Steiner, Samuel J. (August 2016). Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 June 2022, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171640.

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