The Canton Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite), Canton, Ohio, is now extinct. About 1856 Michael J. Kreibuill came to this community from Alsace with other settlers, who began services among themselves. The first meeting was at the John Sommers' home, north of the city. Later services were held in the Jacob Kreibuill barn, near Maximo, about twelve miles (20 km) northeast of the city. These services were held about two or three times per year, lasting two or three days at a time, on occasions when General Conference ministers came into the community.
The group was organized into a congregation about 1893, with an Oberlin student as part-time pastor. H. P. Krehbiel, also an Oberlin student from Kansas, was then called to serve as pastor until 1898. Services were conducted during this time in the Rowland Mennonite Church every two weeks, alternating with the (Old) Mennonites. An attempt was made about this time to purchase an abandoned church building and to move it to the eastern part of the city. Some difficulties arose concerning this project which resulted in differences of opinion which caused some of the group to withdraw. After 1898 special services were held only occasionally, when visiting ministers came into the community. The remaining members transferred their membership to the church at Wadsworth, Ohio, and to the newly organized Canton Mennonite Mission of the Mennonite Church. A few of these people still lived in the community and attended the Wadsworth Church for special services and communion.
Umble, John S. Ohio Mennonite Sunday Schools. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1941.
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Hostetler, J. J. "Canton Mennonite Church (Canton, Ohio, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 23 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Canton_Mennonite_Church_(Canton,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=91337.
Hostetler, J. J. (1953). Canton Mennonite Church (Canton, Ohio, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Canton_Mennonite_Church_(Canton,_Ohio,_USA)&oldid=91337.
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