West Hills Mennonite Fellowship (Baden, Ontario, Canada)

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West Hills Fellowship, 2004

The West Hills Mennonite Fellowship in Baden, Ontario, Canada began services in 1991 and formally organized in 1994. The congregation originated through outreach by a group of interested individuals primarily from the Steinmann Mennonite Church.

Originally the group met in the former Baden Mennonite Church, until that building burned in April 2000. After using temporary facilities, the congregation then moved to a countryside location in North Easthope Township of Perth County, and purchased the church building in 2003 from a United Church of Canada for the sum of one dollar.

In late 2013, in a desire to return to the Baden community, the congregation purchased a former commercial property in the town of Baden, with plans to transfer the countryside property to the non-denominational Appletree Community Church in early 2015. Renovation of the Baden property began in 2014 with plans to complete the project in 2015. West Hills will share space with another Baden congregation during the period between transferring the countryside property and completion of the renovation.

In 1995 there were 12 members; in 2000, 24; in 2004, 32. The congregation has been affiliated with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada and Mennonite Church Canada.

Pastor Harold Shantz began service in September 2003 as a congregational leader after the retirement of Stan Gingerich..


CMC Nexus (May 1996): 16.

Coxson, Doug. "Westhills Church buys former Baden Emporium for new church and community space." New Hamburg Independent (12 November 2013). Web. http://www.newhamburgindependent.ca/news/westhills-church-buys-former-baden-emporium-for-new-church-and-community-space/.

Mennonite Reporter (29 November 1993): 16.

Rogalsky, Dave. "Church building moves from one group to another." Canadian Mennonite (24 November 2014): 17.

Additional Information


Phone: 519-634-8000


Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Mennonite Church Canada

Pastoral Leaders at West Hills

Names Years
of Service
Stan & Marie Gingerich 1994-2003
Harold & Judy Shantz 2003-2007
Ross Penner
(intentional interim)
Jodie Perkins 2009-2010
Sean East November 2010-present

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2014

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Steiner, Sam. "West Hills Mennonite Fellowship (Baden, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2014. Web. 5 Jun 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Hills_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Baden,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=128415.

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Steiner, Sam. (December 2014). West Hills Mennonite Fellowship (Baden, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 5 June 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=West_Hills_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Baden,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=128415.

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