Reesor United Mennonite Church (Reesor, Ontario, Canada)

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The Reesor United Mennonite congregation began services about 1926, and formally organized in May 1927. Jacob H. Janzen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through emigration from the Soviet Union via Waterloo, Ontario in 1925. The settlement disintegrated as families moved away.

The settlement was situated along the Trans-Canada highway west of Cochrane, Ontario. It was organized in a traditional Russian Mennonite manner with Jacob C. Toews as district man, Wilhelm Rempel as Schulze, Cornelius Penner and Herman Lepp as ministers and David Heidebrecht as schoolteacher. The settlement initially prospered, reaching a membership of 75 in 1932, but declined rapidly during the Depression. The congregation dissolved on 5 January 1948.

The community and congregation were named after Old Order Mennonite Thomas Reesor, who aided in establishing the community.

It had been affiliated with the Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario. The language of worship was German.


Canadian Mennonite (8 September 1961): 5.

Dennis, Hedy Lepp. Memories of Reesor : the Mennonite Settlement in Northern Ontario 1925-1948. Leamington, Ont. : Essex-Kent Mennonite Historical Association, 2001.

Enns, John H. The Story of the Mennonite Settlement of Reesor, Ontario. Winnipeg: L.E. Martens, 1996, 116 pp.

Lepp,  H. P. "Die Reesor Vereinigte Mennoniten Gemeinde." United Mennonite Conference of Ontario Yearbook. (1947): 41.

"Report on Mennonite Settlement at Reesor, Ontario, Canada on the Lines of the Canadian National Railways," 1928; Mennonite in Canada collection, (20-Reesor), Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Denominational affiliation:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1927-1947)

Reesor United Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Minister Years
Lepp, Herman P. 1927-1947
Penner, Cornelius 1928-1939

Reesor United Mennonite Church Membership

Year Membership
1935 63
1945 23

Author(s) Jacob C Toews
Date Published 1959

Cite This Article

MLA style

Toews, Jacob C. "Reesor United Mennonite Church (Reesor, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 8 Jun 2023.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=173119.

APA style

Toews, Jacob C. (1959). Reesor United Mennonite Church (Reesor, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 June 2023, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=173119.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 266. All rights reserved.

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