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Faith Mennonite Church, Leamington ON
Source: Essex Kent Mennonite Historical Association website

Faith Mennonite Church began services on 26 February 1961 in a local elementary school, and formally organized with 51 charter members in 1961. George Janzen served as the first minister. The congregation originated through division from Leamington United Mennonite Church, which held its services exclusively in the German language. Parents were concerned that their children, whose primary language was English, would not receive enough spiritual nourishment from a German-language worship service. Faith Mennonite was the first English-speaking Mennonite congregation in Essex County.

The congregation began a building project in the summer of 1963 at a cost of $50,000. The building was completed in 1964, with an addition constructed in 1995.

In 2005 the congregation began sharing its facilities with Iglesia la Buena Semilla, a Spanish-speaking congregation.

On 18-19 June 2011 the congregation celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (19 May 1961): 1; (30 June 1961): 1; (22 August 2011): 16.

Founk, Jim. "Birth of the Faith Mennonite Church." 1975) 14 pp.; Mennonites in Canada collection, "(70-Leamington),"Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Memories: Sixty Years of Mennonite Life in Essex and Kent Counties, 1925-1985. Leamington, 1985, 78 pp.

Mennonite Reporter (18 May 1992): B3; (5 February 1996): 14.

Archival Records

Church records at the church and Mennonite Heritage Centre (Winnipeg).

Additional Information

Address: 269 Sherk Street, Leamington, ON N8H 3K9

Telephone: 519-326-6391

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1962-1988)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1962-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1962-2002)

Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Faith Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Term
George Janzen 1961-1966
Jake Rempel 1967-1970
Arthur Wiebe 1970-1971
Peter Janzen 1972-1980
Edwin Epp 1981-1996
Glenn Brubacher 1997-2004
Dave Tiessen (interim) 2004-2005
Ruth Boehm 2005-present

Faith Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 69
1975 124
1985 130
1995 233
2000 245


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published September 2011


Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. "Faith Mennonite Church (Leamington, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2011. Web. 13 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Faith_Mennonite_Church_(Leamington,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=103437.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. (September 2011). Faith Mennonite Church (Leamington, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Faith_Mennonite_Church_(Leamington,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=103437.




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