Cassel Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ontario, Canada)
On 5 May 1935, 162 people met to worship for the first time as the Cassel Amish Mennonite Church. The Cassel congregation resulted from overcrowded conditions at the nearby East Zorra Amish Mennonite Church, located on the 16th Line of East Zorra township on Oxford County, Ontario. The Cassel congregation purchased an unused church building from the Evangelical Church on the 17th Line, just one concession road to the east.
Until 1964 the Cassel and East Zorra congregations functioned as one congregation with a joint pastoral team of Bishop Daniel Iutzi, ministers Jacob R. Bender and Menno Kipfer, and deacons Dan Wagler and David Swartzentruber. The preaching switched from German to English in 1930. In 1964, Cassel voted to become an independent congregation when Vernon Zehr was pastor.
In 1994-1995, the congregation carried out a major addition and other significant renovations to the church building.
On 7-9 May 2010, the congregation celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Lichti, Fred. A History of the East Zorra (Amish) Mennonite Church 1837-1977. Tavistock, Ont.: East Zorra Mennonite Church, 1977, 132 pp.
Mennonite Reporter (26 December 1994): 9.
"Our history." Cassel Mennonite Church. 2016. Web. 5 December 2016. http://www.casselmc.com/our-history.html.
Rogalsky, Dave. "Comfortable Being Rural: Cassel Mennonite Church Celebrates 75th Anniversary." Canadian Mennonite (12 July 2010): 22.
Zehr, Vernon and Leona Bender. Cassel Mennonite Church 1935-1985. Cassel Mennonite Church, 1985, 40 pp.
Zehr, Vernon, Leona Bender and John Bender. Cassel Mennonite Church 1935-2010: from the past will come the future, 75th anniversary celebration 2010. Tavistock, Ont. : The Church, 2010. 161 pp.
Church records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
Address: 696556 17th Line, Tavistock, Ontario
Website: Cassel Mennonite Church
Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (1964-1988)
Mennonite Church (1964-1999)
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)
Mennonite Church Canada (1995-present)
Cassel Mennonite Ministers
|Name||Years of Service|
|Daniel S. Iutzi (Bishop)||1935-1948|
|Jacob R. Bender||1935-1947|
|Henry Yantzi (Bishop)||1948-1958|
|Mary Jane Brenneman (interim)||1984-1985|
|Steve Gerber (interim)||1987|
|Wanda Roth Amstutz||2012-Present|
Cassel Mennonite Membership
|Date Published||December 2016|
Cite This Article
Steiner, Sam. "Cassel Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2016. Web. 21 Aug 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Cassel_Mennonite_Church_(Tavistock,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=146992.
Steiner, Sam. (December 2016). Cassel Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 August 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Cassel_Mennonite_Church_(Tavistock,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=146992.
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