Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario, Canada)

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The Bethany Mennonite congregation began services and formally organized in 1964 as groups of young families sought to share worship and fellowship in the English language. The first building was occupied in 1965. David Janzen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through church planting by the Niagara United Mennonite Church.

Pastors Randy Klaassen and Renate Klaassen have served since September 1998 as congregational leaders. In 1965 there were 171 members; in 1975, 286; in 1985, 364; in 1995, 304; in 2000, 299; in 2008, 300.

The language of worship is English.


Canadian Mennonite 13 (12 January 1965): 1; 14 (22 February 1966): 1.

Mennonite Reporter 19 (20 February 1989): 13.

Friesen, C. Alfred. Memoirs of the Virgil-Niagara Mennonites. 1984: 43.

Records at Mennonite Heritage Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Additional Information

Address: 572 East & West Line, (Corner of Creek Road), Virgil, Ontario

Phone: 905-468-3505

Website: Bethany Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1965-1988)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Mennonite Church Canada (1965-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1965-1999)


Map:Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario)

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published January 1989

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Epp, Marlene. "Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 19 Jun 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=112773.

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Epp, Marlene. (January 1989). Bethany Mennonite Church (Virgil, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 June 2018, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=112773.

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