Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, Mennonite (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
The Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship in Kitchener, ON began services about 1833, and formally organized in 1838. The first building was occupied in 1842, with subsequent building programs in 1894 and 1981. John Steckle and Noah Stauffer are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from Pennsylvania. The congregation has also been known as Weber Mennonite or Strasburg Mennonite.
In 1925 there were 61 members; in 1950, 76; in 1965, 47; in 1975, 73; in 1985, 119; in 1995, 60; in 2000, 51. The congregation has been affiliated with the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (1842-1988), the Mennonite Church (1898), the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada (1988) and the Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1995). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1900s.
Pastoral leaders who served the Weber/Strasburg/Pioneer Park congregation have included: David Sherk (1838-1840), John Stoeckle (1840-1879), Noah Stauffer (1876-1928), Isaiah Wismer (1906-1933), Jesse B. Martin (1925-1929), Simon Martin (1930-1958), Lester Bauman (1958-1964), Stanley Sauder (1965-1968), Jesse B. Martin (Interim, 1968/69), Darrell D. Jantzi (1969-1985), Rufus Jutzi (Interim, 1985/86), Brian Laverty (1986- )
The church is located at 68 Biehn Dr., Kitchener, ON, N2G 3W5. (519) 748-5241.
Mennonite Encyclopedia, "Weber."
Mennonite Reporter (30 March 1981): 14; (8 June 1981): 4; (15 June 1992): 15; (11 January 1993): 1, 3.
Snider, Esther. 135th anniversary 1842-1977: a History of the Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship. Kitchener, ON: The Church, 1977.
Archives at Mennonite Archives of Ontario
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