Floradale Mennonite Church (Floradale, Ontario, Canada)

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Floradale Mennonite Church in Floradale, near Elmira, Ontario in July 1947.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.3.13).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana
Floradale Mennonite Church, 2009
Source: Brian L. Shantz Ltd. Website

The Floradale Mennonite congregation began services in 1857, and formally organized in 1889. The first group purchased a building from the Evangelical Church in 1867. After the Old Order division a new building was constructed north of Floradale in 1896; in 1936 a new church was built at the present location. Abraham Dettwiler and William Hembling are considered founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through division from North Woolwich Old Order Mennonite after a division in 1889. Initially (1856-1867) the church met every eight weeks in the home of Deacon William Hembling.

The 1889 division of the North Woolwich Old Order from the Mennonite Conference of Ontario caused a split in the congregation, after which the church was officially organized as Floradale Mennonite. The Old Order retained use of the building and the conference group was without a church building until 1896.

The congregation affiliated with the Mennonite Conference of Ontario from 1889-88, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada since 1988 and the Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada since 1995. Floradale Mennonite is part of the Mennonite Church segment of the Mennonite "family." The language of worship is English; language transition from German occurred in 1920s.

Floradale is the parent church to Elmira Mennonite (1924), Bethel Mennonite and Berea Mennonite (1947), and Glen Allan (1944).


Bauman, Brent. Forged Anew : a History of Floradale Mennonite Church, Hembling-North Woolwich-Floradale 1856-1996. Floradale : The Church, 1996.

Burkholder, L. J. A Brief History of the Mennonites in Ontario. Kitchener, ON: Mennonite Conference of Ontario, 1935: 77-79.

Canadian Mennonite (4 January 1956): 3.

Martin, Delton. "History of the Floradale Mennonite Church." (1967), 14 pp.,  Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Martin, Delton. History of the Floradale Mennonite Church, 1857-1971. Floradale: The Church, 1971, 28 p.

Mennonite Reporter (23 January 1989): 13.

Martin, Edith. "The Growth of the Floradale Mennonite Church, Floradale, Ontario, 1944-64." (1965), Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Archival Records

Church records at  Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 22 Second Street, Floradale, Ontario

Phone: 519-669-2861

Website: Floradale Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Mennonite Church Canada

Floradale Mennonite Senior Pastors

Name Years of Service
Abram B. Gingrich 1896-1936
Oliver D. Snider 1909-1934
Reuben Dettwiler 1934-1951
Rufus Jutzi 1951-1964
Weyburn Groff 1964-1965
Gerald Good 1965-1976
Lester Kehl 1976-1989
Stanley D. Shantz 1989-1990
Richard Yordy 1990-1991
Fred Redekop 1991-August 2016
Gary Knarr
(Interim Supply)
September 2016-February 2018
Jim Loepp Thiessen May 2018-present

Floradale Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1900  20
1925 52
1950 140
1965 193
1975 218
1985 214
1995 220
2000 209
2015 246
2020 251


Map:Floradale Mennonite Church (Floradale, Ontario)

Author(s) Reuben Dettweiler
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published July 2000

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Dettweiler, Reuben and Samuel J. Steiner. "Floradale Mennonite Church (Floradale, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2000. Web. 27 Sep 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Floradale_Mennonite_Church_(Floradale,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171652.

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Dettweiler, Reuben and Samuel J. Steiner. (July 2000). Floradale Mennonite Church (Floradale, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 September 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Floradale_Mennonite_Church_(Floradale,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171652.


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