Glad Tidings Mennonite Fellowship (Tara, Ontario, Canada)

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Glad Tidings Mennonite Fellowship, June 2011

In 1983 the Countryside Mennonite Fellowship near Hawkesville explored the possibility of colonizing a non-Mennonite area and establishing a congregation. The choice settled on the Tara, Ontario area. In early 1984 a suitable building on the south end of Tara was purchased. In May 1984 Abner Martin was charged with pastoral leadership of the new group. In June 1984 five families located in the community; the first services were held that summer. A Christian day school was launched in September 1984.

In 1998 the congregation built a new building, and a facility for the Glad Tidings Christian School which is also operated by the church.

The congregation's membership stayed with the Countryside congregation before it became an independent congregation. Glad Tidings has been affiliated with the Midwest Mennonite Fellowship since its beginning.

In 2014 the congregation's ministerial team included Bishop Rodney Weber, Ministers Abner Brubacher and Michael Martin, and Deacons Arliss Brubacher and Cleon Weber.


Brubacher, Abner. "Glad Tidings Mennonite Church, Tara, Ontario." Midwest Mennonite Focus 6, no. 6 (November-December 1985): 8.

Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 97.

Additional Information

Address: 54 Park Road, Tara, Ontario

Phone: 519-934-2558

Denominational affiliation:

Midwest Mennonite Fellowship (1984-present)

Pastoral Leaders at Glad Tidings

Name Years
of  Service
Abner Brubacher  1984- 

Membership at Glad Tidings

Year Members
1985  15
1997  33
2000  57
2009  79
2014  84


Map:Glad Tidings Mennonite Fellowship (Tara, Ontario)

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published February 2015

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