Mount Pleasant Evangelical Missionary Church (Singhampton, Ontario, Canada)

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Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Missionary Church, 1960s.
Photo courtesy Missionary Church Historical Trust

Originally, Jane Sprott (Mrs. Henry) and Sarah Sherrick (Mrs. John), both of nearby Nottawasaga Township, initiated the rural appointment that came to be the Mount Pleasant Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBiC) Church of Osprey Township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada. They sponsored protracted evangelistic meetings on Concession 8 of Osprey, south of Collingwood in 1896. The two women were Methodist and Brethren in Christ respectively. They invited Amos Eby, pastor of the nearby Shrigley Mennonite Brethren in Christ congregation to preach for the converts and a class organized in October. It met in Morrison’s School House on the west side of the 8th Concession.

One notable convert in the first meetings was William Brown who became an elder (ordained minister) of the MBiC for 40 years, and the father of another minister, William Cecil Brown. A tent meeting in 1898 with Noah Detwiler was followed by the baptism of 50 people in Brewster’s Lake. The congregation bought land from Joseph Brown opposite the school and constructed a meeting place that was completed in 1899, and dedicated in January 1900. In 2022 it still served as the core of the facility. Until the time of pastor Dow Sargeant, Mount Pleasant often closed in winter. Even so, many services were canceled due to impassible snow-covered roads. Some other family names included Hunking, Good, Zeller, Ferris, Ellis, Sayers and Bristol.

The church excavated a basement in 1961, bought new pews in 1967, removed the old vestibule in 1971, and completed a new entrance and Sunday School space. It purchased an organ in 1974 and completed more renovations in 1985.

The Mount Pleasant congregation was part of a circuit with Shrigley, Proton, and Centre Line appointments. A strong youth program under Wayne Wardell and increased attendance under William Lewin from 1991 encouraged the congregation to separate from Shrigley in 1993. Unfortunately, pastor Lewin died in October of that year. Renewed growth occurred under Patrick Halferty.

Until 1947, Mount Pleasant’s statistics were included in those of the circuit. During the 1950s and 60s, Mount Pleasant had a Sunday School of between 50 to 60.

Mount Pleasant was part of the Canada (Ontario) Conference of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church, and continued a member of the successor Ontario District/ Canada East District of what is now the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada (EMCC). Since 2005, the EMCC has operated without districts.

Bibliography

Cober, Peter, "Northern Tidings." Gospel Banner (January 1900): 5.

Conference Journals and District newsletters, Ontario Conference/ Canada East District, 1898-2005.

Hunking, Leamon. Home Spun Flashbacks of Shrigley and Community 1893-1995. [Dundalk, Ontario: For the Author, 1995].

Mount Pleasant Evangelical Missionary Church "2019 Annual Business Meeting Report, January 26, 2020."

Osprey Historical Society. "Evangelical Missionary Church, Brewsters Lake" in History of the Township of Osprey: 150 Years of Osprey History. Osprey, Ont.: Osprey Historical Society, 2002: 419.

Additional Information

Address: 634199 Road 63, Singhampton, Ontario

Telephone: 519-922-1159

Website:

Denominational Affiliations:

Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada

Pastoral Leaders at Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Missionary Church

Name Years
of Service
Amos Eby 1895-1898
Henry Goudie 1898-1900
John A. Sider 1900-1901
Peter Cober 1901-1903
Isaiah Wyant 1903-1904
Webster Irish 1904-1906
Milton Bricker 1906-1908
Flavius J. Lehman 1908-1910
Alfred George Warder 1910-1913
Nicholas H. Schwalm 1913-1916
Charles I. Sinden 1916-1918
Mansell W. McGuire 1918-1921
Alonzo T. Gooding 1921-1924
Robert Eltherington 1924-1927
Ernest W. Harvey 1927-1932
Arthur D. Lehman 1932-1936
Russell J. Pike 1936-1940
Dow W. Sargeant 1940-1945
Harold L. Kennedy 1945-1947
Howard L. Shantz 1947-1950
George A. Turnbull 1950-1958
Wayne F. Good 1958-1960
Douglas E. Gray 1961-1966
George Peck 1966-1968
Curtis L. Bender 1969-1975
Robert Bentley 1975-1978
Keith Montgomery 1978-1984
Hugh Rutledge 1984-1988
Wayne J. Wardell 1988-1990
William Lewin 1991-1993
Mt. Pleasant became
a single charge
William Lewin 1993
Wilson T. Wiley 1994-1999
Patrick J. Halferty 1999-2008
Andrew Robertson (Interim) ?-2011
Chris Grey 2012-2014
Marcus Emberley 2016-2020
Bob Howes 2021-present

Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Missionary Church Membership

Year Members
1947 29
1967 16
1987 6
2007 29
2022 23


Author(s) Clare Fuller
Date Published March 2022

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