Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

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The Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada was the result of an integration of three Ontario Mennonite groups: the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec (5,110 members, 1987), the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (3,195 members, 1987), and the Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario (5,192 members, 1987). The first two groups were conferences of the Mennonite Church (MC). The last was a provincial conference related to the Conference of Mennonites in Canada, which was one of the districts of the General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM).

The Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada was rooted in a long history of cooperation including the formation of the Nonresistant Relief Organization (1917), Conference of Historic Peace Churches (1940s), a joint Mennonite Mission and Service Board (1950s), and Conrad Grebel College (1960s). In 1973 the three conferences formed an Inter-Mennonite Conference (Ontario) to direct the growing cooperative work in mission, education, and congregational resources. The separate conference structures remained intact, and they reserved the right to make final decisions on policy and budgets.

A 1979 proposal to amalgamate all three groups was defeated. In 1986, however, the conferences decided to "integrate" (this term, it was felt, implied less of a melting pot than "merger" or "amalgamation") by 1988.

In March 1987 delegates from the three conferences approved a structural model for the proposed integration. They also decided to become associate members of each other's North American general conferences for a six-year get-acquainted period rather than leave wider affiliations up to each individual congregation. The Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada was officially inaugurated on 1 March 1988. In 1997 the conference numbered 97 congregations with 13,630 members; all but one congregation hold dual conference affiliation (MC and GCM).

In October 2001 the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada changed its name to Mennonite Church Eastern Canada in recognition of the transformation of the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church into Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada (formerly Conference of Mennonites in Canada). Instead of relating to separate binational and national denominational structures, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada now was affiliated only with a national body. In 2001 the conference included 95 congregations with a total membership of 14,075.

In 2021 there were 100 congregations and church plants that were part of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada with a membership of 12,087.

MCEC Congregations

Congregation Location
Agape Fellowship London, ON
Avon Mennonite Church Stratford, ON
Bethany Mennonite Church Virgil, ON
Bethel Ethiopian Evangelical Church Kitchener, ON
Bethel Mennonite Church Elora, ON
Blenheim Ecumenical House Church Kitchener, ON
Bloomingdale Mennonite Church Bloomingdale, ON
Breslau Mennonite Church Breslau, ON
Brussels Mennonite Fellowship Brussels, ON
Cassel Mennonite Church Tavistock, ON
Chin Christian Church Kitchener, ON
Community Mennonite Church of Stouffville Stouffville, ON
Community Mennonite Fellowship Drayton, ON
Crosshill Mennonite Church Millbank, ON
Danforth Mennonite Church Toronto, ON
East Zorra Mennonite Church Tavistock, ON
Elmira Mennonite Church Elmira, ON
Erb Street Mennonite Church Waterloo, ON
Erie View United Mennonite Church Port Rowan, ON
Faith Mennonite Church Leamington, ON
Famille Assemblée de la Grâce Anjou, QC
First Hmong Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
First Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
Floradale Mennonite Church Floradale, ON
Freedom Gospel Ethiopian Church Toronto, ON
Goshen Mennonite Church Ottawa, ON
Grace Christian Church Ottawa, ON
Grace Lao Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
Grace Mennonite Church St. Catharines, ON
Grace New Life Mennonite Church Hamilton, ON
Hagerman Mennonite Church Markham, ON
Hamilton Mennonite Church Hamilton, ON
Hanover Mennonite Church Hanover, ON
Harrow Mennonite Church Harrow, ON
Hawkesville Mennonite Church Hawkesville, ON
Hillcrest Mennonite Church New Hamburg, ON
Hiyaw Amalk Evangelical Church Ottawa, ON
Hochma Montreal, QC
Hunta Mennonite Church Hunta, ON
Iglesia Menonita Refugio de Paz Sherbrooke, QC
Kitchener Emmanuel Church Kitchener, ON
Kitchener-Waterloo House Church Waterloo, ON
Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church Toronto, ON
Lao Christian Fellowship St. Catharines, ON
Leamington United Mennonite Church Leamington, ON
Listowel Mennonite Church Listowel, ON
Ma Destinée Montreal, QC
Mannheim Mennonite Church Petersburg, ON
Markham Chinese Mennonite Church Markham, ON
Markham Christian Worship Centre Markham, ON
McArthur's Mills Christian Fellowship Bancroft, ON
Medahnialem Ethiopian Evangelical Church Toronto, ON
Meheret Evangelical Church Kitchener, QC
Mennonite Disciples Mission (MDM) Joliette, QC
Mennonite Fellowship of Montreal Montreal, QC
Mississauga Mennonite Fellowship Mississauga, ON
Nairn Mennonite Church Ailsa Craig, ON
Niagara United Mennonite Church Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Nith Valley Mennonite Church New Hamburg, ON
North Leamington United Mennonite Church Leamington, ON
Open Table# Hamilton, ON
Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa# Ottawa, ON
Ottawa Mennonite Church Ottawa, ON
Petitcodiac Mennonite Church Petitcodiac, NB
Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship Kitchener, ON
Poole Mennonite Church Milverton, ON
Preston Mennonite Church Cambridge, ON
Rainham Mennonite Church Selkirk, ON
Rockway Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
Rouge Valley Mennonite Church Markham, ON
Shalom Worship and Healing Centre# Kitchener, ON
Shantz Mennonite Church Baden, ON
Soul House Church Toronto, ON
St. Agatha Mennonite Church Baden, ON
St. Catharines United Mennonite Church St. Catharines, ON
St. Jacobs Mennonite Church St. Jacobs, ON
Steinmann Mennonite Church Baden, ON
Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church Kitchener, ON
Tavistock Mennonite Church Tavistock, ON
The Church of the Living Word in Ottawa Ottawa, ON
The First Mennonite Church Vineland, ON
The Gathering Church Kitchener, ON
Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church Toronto, ON
Toronto Mennonite New Life Church Toronto, ON
Toronto United Mennonite Church Toronto, ON
Tree of Life/Arbre de Vie Monetville, ON
Valleyview Mennonite Church London, ON
Vineland United Mennonite Church Vineland, ON
Wanner Mennonite Church Cambridge, ON
Warden Underground# North York, ON
Waterloo North Mennonite Church Waterloo, ON
Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church Waterloo, ON
Waters Mennonite Church Lively, ON
Wellesley Mennonite Church Wellesley, ON
West Hills Mennonite Fellowship Baden, ON
Westview Christian Fellowship St. Catharines, ON
Wideman Mennonite Fellowship Markham, ON
Wilmot Mennonite Church New Hamburg, ON
Windsor Mennonite Fellowship Windsor, ON
Zion Mennonite Fellowship Elmira, ON

# = church plant


"Congregations." Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. 2016. Web. 16 August 2016.

"MC Canada membership totals, 2021" Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. 17 June 2021.

Mennonite Church Canada. Phone Directory (2015): 21.

Mennonite Reporter (9 November 1987): 5.

Mennonite Yearbook & Directory, 1988-89, ed. James E. Horsch. Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Publishing House, 1989: 52-54.

Mennonite Yearbook & Directory, 1997, ed. James E. Horsch. Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Publishing House, 1997: 43.

Additional Information

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada website

Author(s) Ron Rempel
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published August 2016

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Rempel, Ron and Samuel J. Steiner. "Mennonite Church Eastern Canada." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2016. Web. 31 Jul 2021.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 569-570. All rights reserved.

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