Rouge Valley Mennonite Church (Markham, Ontario, Canada)

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Rouge Valley Mennonite Church. Earlier building behind on the right.
Source: Rouge Valley Mennonite Church website

Rouge Valley Mennonite Church was so named in 1986, when two older Mennonite congregations (Cedar Grove and Steeles Avenue) joined together for more effective and practical Christian ministry. Both were located in the south east part of the own of Markham, Ontario. Both Reesor’s meetinghouse (later known as Steeles Ave.) at the Scarborough/Pickering townline, and the Cedar Grove meeting house on the 10th Line (now known as Reesor Road) had been the home congregations of local Mennonite families for over 100 years. As land development and speculation drove up land prices, some of these families relocated to western Ontario.

There had been a history of cooperation between these churches for events such as Vacation Bible Schools, mission meetings and women’s service activities. The realization came that it would be better to combine their efforts at one location. They decided to use the Cedar Grove facility, the larger site. With an increase in attendance and interest from the community, there was a definite need for a larger facility. Inquiries to obtain more land were made to the Ontario Realty Corporation, and a few years later property was purchased to the south of the original site. This gave the new congregation a total of four acres. In 1996 an 8,000 square foot church building was erected just south of the original building. The older structure was retained as a Christian Education center and called the Cedar Grove Meetinghouse. The new building was a ground level, accessible facility which contained offices, a kitchen, fellowship hall and 250 seat auditorium. There was also a nursery and children’s center, a large foyer/cloakroom and a library/meeting room.

The mission statement of the Rouge Valley Congregation is “Welcoming people to Jesus Christ and a caring community”.


Burkholder, Paul. "Our history." 2012. Web. 7 January 2017.

Mennonite Reporter (29 July 1996): 15; (14 October 1996): 14.

Archival Records

Records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 7452 Reesor Road, Markham, ON L6B 1A8; located 2 km south of Highway #7, and 1.5 km north of Steeles Avenue.

Telephone: 905-294-2640


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church (MC), 1988-1999

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, 1988-

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada, 1999-

Pastors at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church

Name Year
of Service
Steve Drudge 1986-June 2003
Nancy Brubaker Bauman
Pieter Niemeyer
(Lead Minister)
2004-October 2017
Marv Friesen
(Interim Supply)
January 2018-September 2019
Glyn Jones
(Shared with Community)
May 2020-present

Members at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church

Year Members
1995 99
2000 109
2008 130
2015 143
2020 80


Map:Rouge Valley Mennonite Church (Markham, Ontario, Canada)

Author(s) Paul Burkholder
Date Published January 2017

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Burkholder, Paul. "Rouge Valley Mennonite Church (Markham, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2017. Web. 29 Jun 2022.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171690.

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Burkholder, Paul. (January 2017). Rouge Valley Mennonite Church (Markham, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 June 2022, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171690.

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