Riverdale Mennonite Church (Millbank, Ontario, Canada)
The Riverdale Mennonite congregation at Millbank, Ontario, formerly known as Riverdale Amish Mennonite Church, began as a mission in a former Presbyterian church, purchased in 1946 by the Mission Board of the Ontario Amish Mennonite Conference. A number of Mennonite families from surrounding congregations, including Poole Mennonite Church and Maple View Mennonite, began to worship in the church. Menno Zehr and Valentine Nafziger were superintendents of the mission. Preaching services were supplied by neighboring congregations. In January 1948 Menno Zehr was ordained minister, and in June 1948 a congregation was organized with about 60 charter members, which bought the meetinghouse from the mission board.
The founding bishop, Valentine Nafziger, withdrew with 23 members in 1956 to form Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church.
In 1950 there were 86 members; in 1965, 162; in 1975, 192; in 1985, 207; in 1995, 235; in 2000, 234. The congregation has been affiliated with the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (1947-1988), Mennonite Church (1959-1999), Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-) and Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1995-). The language of worship is English.
Pastoral leaders since 1946 have included Sam Erb (1946-1948), Menno Zehr (1948-1983), Valentine Nafziger (1951-1956), David Jantzi (1958-1982), Glenn Zehr (1982-2000), Darrell Jantzi (Interim, 2000/01), Clive Ollies (2001-2006), Sue C. Steiner (Interim, September 2006-June 2007), Jim Brown (August 2007- ).
The congregation's address is Box 195, Millbank Ontario N0K 1L0. Phone 519-595-4055. The church is located at the west end of Millbank on the north side of Perth Line 72 at #4138.
A History of Riverdale Mennonite Church, 1946-1996. Millbank, ON: The Church, 1996, 67 pp.
Mennonite Reporter (29 July 1991): 11.
Records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 345. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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