Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)

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Elmira Mennonite Church, Elmira, ON
Source: Church website

Elmira Mennonite Church in Elmira, Ontario, Canada was organized on 31 August 1924, and occupied its first building the same year. Oliver D. Snider is considered the founding leader of the group and served as pastor for the first 12 years. Abraham Gingrich served as bishop during the first years of the congregation's existence. The congregation originated through church planting from the Floradale Mennonite Church.

The original structure was built in 1924. In 1955, an educational wing was added, and in 1976 an entrance with ramps, new washrooms, and a new kitchen, as well as library and classroom space were added. Additional alterations were carried out in 1992, 2009, and 2011.

Elmira is a parent church to Bethel Mennonite at Elora (1947), Hawkesville Mennonite (1950) and Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira) (1987).


Bechtel, Ken. Three Score Years: Elmira Mennonite Church, 1924-1984. Elmira, 1984, 67 p.

Brubacher, Jim. "An Examination of a Recent Schism in the Elmira Congregation." ca. 1970, 6 pp.

Martin, Willard. "History of the Elmira Mennonite Church." 1959, 12 pp.

Mennonite Reporter (16 September 1974): 4.

Archival Records

Congregational archives at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 58 Church Street West, Elmira, ON N3B 1N2

Phone: 519-669-5123

Website: Elmira Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Conference of Ontario (1925-1988)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1995-present)

Elmira Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Abraham Gingrich, Bishop 1924-1938
Oliver Snider 1924-1967; Bishop 1936-1967
Howard Bauman 1945-1966
Vernon Leis 1966-1980
Maurice Martin
Stephen Dick
Marvin Shank
Doug Snyder
Gary Knarr
Ray Brubacher 1981-1989
Ken Bechtel
Mary Schiedel
Gord Alton
Dale Bauman 1991-1999
Ruth Anne Laverty
Winston Martin
Renee Sauder
Johanna Wall
Steven Janzen 2000-2012
Fred Lichti 2010-April 2020
Jonathan Brubacher
Sarah Freeman
Erwin Wiens
May 2020-present

Elmira Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1925 60
1950 248
1965 336
1975 240
1985 271
1995 316
2000 332
2010 307
2015 230
2020 223


Elmira Mennonite Church, Elmira, Ontario

Author(s) Howard S. Bauman
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published July 2000

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Bauman, Howard S. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2000. Web. 25 Jun 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Elmira_Mennonite_Church_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171645.

APA style

Bauman, Howard S. and Samuel J. Steiner. (July 2000). Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 June 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Elmira_Mennonite_Church_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171645.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 190. All rights reserved.

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