North Leamington United Mennonite Church (Leamington, Ontario, Canada)
The North Leamington United Mennonite congregation began services in 1954, and formally organized in 1980. The first building was occupied in 1954. J.C. Neufeld and N. N. Driedger are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation was established by Essex County (Leamington) United Mennonite to accommodate its growing membership. The two churches operated under one organization until 1981 when they became autonomous. Services have been in English only since 1985.
In 1985 there were 489 members; in 1995, 519; in 2000, 506. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1954-1988), the Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada, the General Conference Mennonite Church (1954-1999) and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-). The language of worship is English; the transition of German occurred in the 1950s.
Leading ministers since 1980 when North Leamington became independent have included Cornelius Driedger (1980-1989), Victor Kliewer (1989-2000) and Bruce Wiebe (2000-).
Driedger, N. N. The Leamington United Mennonite Church: Establishment and Development, 1925-1972. Leamington, ON: The Church, 1972, 176 pp.
Memories: Sixty Years of Mennonite Life in Essex and Kent Counties, 1925-1985. Leamington, ON: Essex-Kent Mennonite Historical Association, 1985, 78 pp.
Mennonite Reporter (2 February 1981): 4; (4 September 1989): 17; (17 October 1994): 18.
Address: 625 Mersea Road 6, R.R.5, Leamington, Ontario N8H 3V8
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