Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario

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Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario was established in 1959. Curtis Cressman and Moses Roth, bishops; Moses Baer and Elmer Grove, ministers; Andrew Axt and Clarence Huber, deacons; with their followers, held their first separate church service on 22 November 1959, at the Township Hall, Baden. Services at Baden continued until the New Hamburg Conservative Mennonite church was built in 1960. The Heidelberg and Fort Stewart congregations were established the same year.

The reason for the group's withdrawal from the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (MC) was the desire to return to earlier biblical standards of nonconformity to the unequal yoke in regard to politics, immodest attire (dress), women's hair cutting, and wearing of jewelry. They wanted closer adherence and obedience to scriptural church ordinances. Their appeal to the conference was ineffective, resulting in their withdrawal.

In 1975, issues relating to radio and television again surfaced, causing about one-third of the most lenient members to secede and establish the Heidelberg Fellowship Church.

In 1986 there were 11 congregations, with 4 bishops, 17 ministers, and 7 deacons. Membership was 418. Ten schools offered instruction up to grade 10. Under the Fellowship Churches program, the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario has supported missions in India, Nigeria, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and the Philippines.

In 2016 the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario had 13 congregations with a total of 889 members. The group operated nine schools and a publishing house, CMCO Publications.

Congregation City State Members Founded
Brookside Conservative Mennonite Church Carthage Ontario, Canada 99 1974
Calvary Conservative Mennonite Church Elmira Ontario, Canada 96 1969
Cedarvale Conservative Mennonite Church Harriston Ontario, Canada 130 1989
Dayspring Conservative Mennonite Church Centre Hastings Ontario, Canada 40 2011
Ethel Conservative Mennonite Church Ethel Ontario, Canada 42 2007
Faith Haven Conservative Mennonite Church Croton Ontario, Canada 72 2004
Gospel Light Conservative Mennonite Church Flesherton Ontario, Canada 32 2015
Hillview Conservative Mennonite Church Bancroft Ontario, Canada 45 1961
India Conservative Mennonite Church Kakinada India 105 1981
Lakeview Conservative Mennonite Church Zurich Ontario, Canada 69 1967
Pineview Conservative Mennonite Church Barwick Ontario, Canada 75 1965
Shiloh Conservative Mennonite Church Orwell Ontario, Canada 32 1995
Woodside Conservative Mennonite Church Stratton Ontario, Canada 52 1987
Total 889


Constitution and Faith and Practice of the Mennonite Church of Ontario.

Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario. Congregational Directory (2016).

Directory of the Fellowship Churches. Farmington, N. Mex.: Lamp and Light Publishers, Inc.

Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo, Ont.

Mennonite Church Directory 2010. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2010: 57-58.

Reimer, Margaret Loewen, ed., One Quilt, Many Pieces. Waterloo, Ont.: Mennonite Publishing Service, 1983: 18.

Author(s) Isaac R. Horst
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published August 2016

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 191-192. All rights reserved.

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