Riverdale Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada)

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The Riverdale Mennonite congregation at Millbank, Ontario, formerly known as Riverdale Amish Mennonite Church, began as a mission in a for­mer Presbyterian church, purchased in 1946 by the Mission Board of the Ontario Amish Mennonite Conference. A number of Mennonite families from surrounding congregations, including Poole Mennonite Church and Maple View Mennonite, began to worship in the church. Menno Zehr and Valentine Nafziger were superintendents of the mission. Preaching services were supplied by neighboring congregations. In January 1948 Menno Zehr was ordained minister, and in June 1948 a congregation was organized with about 60 charter members, which bought the meet­inghouse from the mission board.

The founding bishop, Valentine Nafziger, withdrew with 23 members in 1956 to form Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church.

Because of dwindling attendance and internal conflict, the congregation voted to close it doors the end of August 2017.


A History of Riverdale Mennonite Church, 1946-1996. Millbank, ON: The Church, 1996, 67 pp.

Mennonite Reporter (29 July 1991): 11.

Rogalsky, Dave. "Tears shed over the closing of Riverdale Mennonite." Canadian Mennonite 21, no. 18 (25 September 2017): 15.

Watson, Troy. "I'll melt with you." Canadian Mennonite 23 August 2017. Web. 1 September 2017. http://www.canadianmennonite.org/stories/i%E2%80%99ll-melt-you.

Archival Records

Records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 4138 Perth Line 72, Millbank, Ontario (Box 195, Millbank ON N0K 1L0)

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church (MC) (1959-1999)

Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (1947-1988)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-Present

Mennonite Church Canada (1995-Present)

Riverdale Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Sam Erb 1946-1948
Menno Zehr 1948-1983
Valentine Nafziger 1951-1956
David Jantzi 1958-1982
Glenn Zehr 1982-2000
Darrell Jantzi
Clive Ollies 2001-2006
Sue C. Steiner
September 2006
June 2007
Jim Brown August 2007-April 2015
Doug Amstutz,
(Intentional Interim)
June 2015-August 2017

Riverdale Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 86
1965 162
1975 192
1985 207
1995 235
2000 234
2010 168
2015 168


Map:Riverdale Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada)

Author(s) Orland Gingerich
Valentine Nafziger
Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published September 2017

Cite This Article

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Gingerich, Orland, Valentine Nafziger, Marlene Epp and Sam Steiner. "Riverdale Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2017. Web. 2 Dec 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Riverdale_Mennonite_Church_(Millbank,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=166766.

APA style

Gingerich, Orland, Valentine Nafziger, Marlene Epp and Sam Steiner. (September 2017). Riverdale Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 December 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Riverdale_Mennonite_Church_(Millbank,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=166766.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 345. All rights reserved.

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