Erb Street Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

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Erb St. Mennonite Church
Source: Brian L. Shantz Ltd. Website

Erb Street Mennonite Church began services in 1837, and formally organized in 1851. The first building was occupied in 1851, with subsequent building programs in 1902, 1950 and 1980. David Eby is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from Pennsylvania. The early settlers included David Eby, Jonas Bingeman and Samuel Schantz.

Erb St. was originally known as the David Eby church, and later the Waterloo Church. Ministers prior to 1950 included Elias Schneider, Jonas Snider, Noah Hunsberger, Newton Weber and Jesse B. Martin. The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the first decade of the 20th century.


Burkholder, L. J. A Brief History of the Mennonites in Ontario. Kitchener, Ontario: Mennonite Conference of Ontario, 1935: 95-98.

Hunsberger, Albert and Greta. A Brief History of the David Eby Church and Erb Street Mennonite at Waterloo, Ontario from 1851-1976. The Church, 1976.

Kessler, Karl. Path of a People: Erb Street Mennonite Church 1851-2001. Waterloo, Ontario: Erb Street Mennonite Church, 2001.

Archival Records

Church records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 131 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON N2L 1T7

Telephone: 519-886-3570

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec (1851-1988)

Mennonite Church (1898-1999)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada  (1988-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1995-present)

Erb St. Mennonite Church Pastors

Name Years
of Service
Jacob M. Oberholtzer ca. 1840-
ca. 1870
Elias Snider 1874-1889
Jonas Snider
Noah Hunsberger 1900-1920
Newton Weber 1921-1923
Jesse B. Martin
Milton Schwartzentruber 1964-1970
Galen Johns 1970-1976
Wilmer Martin 1978-1991
Richard Yordy
Renee Sauder 1993-2003
Allan Rudy-Froese
Laurence Martin
Eleanor Epp-Stobbe 2004-Present
Sandi Hannigan
Matthew Bailey-Dick
Tanya Dyck Steinman
(Interim Associate)
Gord Alton
Jenny Csinos
(Interim Associate)

Erb St. Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1900 100
1925 165
1950 290
1965 298
1975 269
1985 292
1995 321
2000 314
2011 314

Author(s) J. B. Martin
Marlene Epp
Date Published July 2011

Cite This Article

MLA style

Martin, J. B. and Marlene Epp. "Erb Street Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2011. Web. 19 Jun 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105473.

APA style

Martin, J. B. and Marlene Epp. (July 2011). Erb Street Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 June 2018, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105473.

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