Bethany Community Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)
Bethany Community Church (formerly Bethany Chapel, and in 1954 St. Catharines United Missionary Church) in St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario, was organized as a mission in 1899, and was run by "ministering sisters."In 1948 the congregation had 35 members, mostly urban, with W. Cecil Brown serving as pastor.
In 1977 the St. Catharines United Missionary Church became the Bethany Community Church. In 1979 a new 11,000 square foot multi-purpose facility on six acres on Third St. was completed. There were further additions in 1988, 1995, 1998 anad 2002. Larry Shantz was the longtime pastor for over 30 years beginning 1975.
In 1925 there were 25 members; in 1950, 48; in 1975, 51; in 1985, 73; in 1995, 173. The congregation has been affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church (-1947), United Missionary Church (1947-1969), Missionary Church (1969-1993) and Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, Canada East District (1993-).
Bethany Community Church. "The Bethany Story." 2008. http://www.bethanycc.ca/index.cfm?i=5325&mid=1000&id=183498 (accessed 21 June 2009).
Address: 1388 Third Street, R.R.#3, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 6P9
Website: Bethany Community Church
Denominational Affiliation: Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 302. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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