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.
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 RecordsChurch records at the church and Mennonite Heritage Centre (Winnipeg).
Address: 269 Sherk Street, Leamington, ON N8H 3K9
Website: Faith Mennonite Church
Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1962-present)
General Conference Mennonite Church (1962-2002)
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)
Faith Mennonite Church Leading Ministers
|Dave Tiessen (interim)||2004-2005|
Faith Mennonite Church Membership
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||September 2011|
Cite This Article
Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. "Faith Mennonite Church (Leamington, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2011. Web. 31 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Faith_Mennonite_Church_(Leamington,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105039.
Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. (September 2011). Faith Mennonite Church (Leamington, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Faith_Mennonite_Church_(Leamington,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105039.
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