Listowel Mennonite Church (Listowel, Ontario, Canada)

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The interior of the Listowel Mennonite Church.
Source: Church website.

Listowel Mennonite Church began services on 28 April 1963 with three families. The congregation originated as a church plant by the Mennonite Conference of Ontario because of Mennonite families were moving into the Listowel area to purchase inexpensive agricultural land. Their first services were held in the Listowel Memorial Arena auditorium. In the fall of 1963 the growing congregation moved to a building vacated by the Pentecostal Church which was moving to larger quarters. The congregation formally organized in 1964 and held a ground-breaking service for its new building in October 1965. Amsey Martin, who was also the pastor at Glen Allan Mennonite Church in 1963, served as the founding pastor of the congregation. The building was occupied in 1966 with a subsequent building program in 1981. 

Amsey Martin is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference.


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Archival Records

Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Waterloo, ON: Listowel Mennonite Church (

Additional Information

Address: 465 Maitland Avenue South, Listowel, ON N4W 2M7

Phone: 519-291-2350

WebsiteListowel Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Conference of Ontario (1971-1988)

Mennonite Church (1971-1999)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

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

Listowel Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years of Service
Amsey Martin 1963-1970
Jesse B. Martin (interim) 1970-1971
Ray Erb 1971-1976
Rufus Jutzi (interim) 1976-1977
Brian Laverty 1977-1986
Doris & Rod Weber (interim) 1986-1987
Gordon Martin (interim) 1988
Jock & Pam Tolmay 1988-1991
Jock Tolmay 1991-1992
Richard Yordy (interim) 1992-1993
Fred Lichti 1993-2010
Nancy Brubaker 2010-2011
Norm Dyck 2011-January 2018
Clare Lebold
(Interim Supply)
March 2018-August 2019
Nancy Frey September 2019-present
Sean East October 2020-present

Associate Pastors have included Amanda Zehr (2012-June 2016), Terry Lesser (2009-2011), Tyler Jantzi (2006-2009), Beth Ann Lichti (2004-2006), and Ruth Ann Carter (2000-2003). 

Listowel Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 26 
1975 128
1985 193
1995 174
2000 183
2008 249
2015 193
2020 255

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published May 2013

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Thiessen, Richard D. "Listowel Mennonite Church (Listowel, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2013. Web. 18 Aug 2022.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171669.

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