Petitcodiac Mennonite Church (Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, Canada)

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The Petitcodiac Mennonite Church in New Brunswick, Canada, had its origins in a 1977 advertisement in Harrowsmith magazine offering land for sale. This caught the eye of two members of the Nairn Mennonite Church in Ontario. On Esther Sunday in 1977 Fred Nordemann and Peter Bunnet flew to New Brunswick to check the possibilities. By Christmas 1977 the first farm was bought, and a total of five families had arrived from Ontario by July 1978.

The founding families organized as Mennonite Fellowship-Sussex, and were accepted as a member of the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference. John Brubacher, who had briefly served as a pastor at Nairn, was asked to coordinate church activities. Since they met in homes, the Inter-Mennonite Yearbook in 1978 referred to the group as a house church.

In 1980 the new congregation established a group home for learning disabled adults known as the Havelock Community Residence. With the assistance of Mennonite Central Committee, they established OPAL, Inc. to manage the program. Over time Opal became a community-based, government-funded project. In 1982 the group began to meet in the Kiwanis Community Center instead of members' homes, partly to better accommodate OPAL residents.

In May 1985 the congregation changed its name to Petitcodiac Mennonite Church to better reflect its community involvement. In 1986 it also joined the Conference of Mennonites in Canada, a national Mennonite conference.

The Petitcodiac Mennonite Church has also been heavily involved in sales of Ten Thousand Villages products in the Maritimes, and in 2005 purchased a store to provide sales and wearhouse space.

In 1995 the congregation purchased a former liquor store, and transformed it into a church building.

In 2017 Petitcodiac's purpose statement read:

At PMC we seek to follow Jesus as we ...

Practice Christ-like living , guided by
Mennonite Theology, within a welcoming
Community of believers.


Elliot, Brian. A Brief History of Petitcodiac Mennonite Church, 1978-1988. Petitcodiac, NB: The Church, 1989. Available in electronic text at

Epp-Tiessen, Esther. "New Brunswick congregation ministers to community." Mennonite Reporter 19, no. 22 (13 November 1989): 13.

Mennonite Reporter (28 July 1986); (16 October 1995): B1; (30 October 1995): 15.

"Petitcodiac Mennonite Church." MCEC Reflections (1988): 57.

Rogalsky, Dave. "Ministering in the 'far east'" Canadian Mennonite 12, no. 4 (18 February 2008): 13-14.

Williams, Lisa.. "From prison to pantry: vignettes from Petitcodiac Mennonite Church." Canadian Mennonite 27, no. 25 (15 December 2023): 24-25.

Additional Information

Address: 285 Old Post Road, Petitcodiac NB E4Z 4N8

Phone: 506-756-2442

Website: Petitcodiac Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada Conference

Mennonite Church Canada

Pastoral Leaders at Petitcodiac Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
John Brubacher 1978-1984
Stanley Shantz
Siegfried Janzen 1985-1995
Werner DeJong 1999-2006
Eric & Marilyn Henderson
Marvin Friesen
Gordon Driedger 2011-present

Membership at Petitcodiac Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1979 10
1985 20
1995 39
2000 29
2008 37
2015 38
2020 51


Map:Petitcodiac Mennonite Church (Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, Canada)

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2017

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