Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)

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Zion Mennonite Fellowship in Elmira, Ontario, Canada began as a church plant by neighboring Mennonite churches--Elmira Mennonite, Bethel Mennonite, Hawkesville Mennonite and St. Jacobs Mennonite. According to Ray Brubacher, pastor of Elmira Mennonite at the time, the vision was for a church that had "a different format, a different type of facility, maybe not a conventional church building, reaching out into the community in new and creative ways, possibly a different style of worship that would appeal to a broader spectrum of people."

Services began in January 1987 in the Royal Canadian Legion building, and continued for almost 10 years. The space was quite adequate for worship, but limited other visions for congregational programming. In 1996 the congregation obtained approval for use of a property on the main street of downtown Elmira. It would allow for regular congregational programs as well child care (Play Junction) and youth programs (Youth Junction). The first service in the new space took place on 16 June 2016.

On its website in 2017, Zion Mennonite described its mission "to be a Christ-like presence that extends God’s love in our community."


Mennonite Reporter (22 December 1986): 8; (16 April 1990): 15; (27 May 1996): 4.

"Our history." Zion Mennonite Fellowship. 2016. Web. 24 January 2017. http://zionmenno.com/about-us/our-history/.

Additional Information

Address: 47 Arthur St. South, Elmira, Ontario N3B 2Z5

Phone: 519-669-3153

Website: http://zionmenno.com/

Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Zion Mennonite Fellowship Pastoral Leaders

Lay leaders 1987-1989
Marian Wiens (preaching) 1989/1990
Doug Zehr 1990-1994
Art Byer (interim) 1994-1995
Keith Meyers 1996-2004
Gary Horst (interim) 2004-2005
Ken Driedger 2005-2014
Dawne Driedger 2005-2014
Steve Brnjas (interim) 2014-2015
Fanosie Legesse September 2015-July 2019
Lloyd Oakey (supply pastor) September 2019-present

Zion Mennonite Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1995 66
2000 53
2010 70
2015 60


Map:Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published January 2017

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2017. Web. 28 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Zion_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=165420.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (January 2017). Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Zion_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=165420.

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