His assignments in the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (Mennonite Church) included: conference executive committee (1925, 1930-33, 1936-30); bishop of the Toronto Mission (1938-1944) and of the Central District (1961-1966); Mennonite Mutual Benefit Association board (1944-1947); Colonization Committee (1953-1955); and the Ontario Mennonite Bible School faculty (1929-1948). He served the Mennonite Church (MC) general conference as associate member on the Relief Committee (1944-1946) and as editor of the Christian Monitor (1923-29; editor of the "World News" section until 1953).
His ministry in the community included founding a Summer Vacation Bible School for children, the first to be held in any denomination in Canada. With the support of community churches and the city of Kitchener, he founded the Kitchener House of Friendship, a ministry for the homeless.
Bender, Urie A. Four Earthen Vessels. Kitchener and Scottdale: Herald Press, 1982.
Minutes of the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Ontario Mennonite Bible School in Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo.
Springer, Nelson and A.J. Klassen, eds. Mennonite Bibliography, 1631-1961. Scottdale: Herald Press, 1977 II: 433.
Warkentin, A. and Melvin Gingerich, eds., Who's Who Among the Mennonites. North Newton: Bethel College, 1943: 43.
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|A 30 second audio clip of C. F. Derstine from a 1956 sermon in Pennsylvania.|
|The entire sermon (34 minutes) on the Book of Revelation.|
|Author(s)||Lorna L Bergey|
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