Henry Goudie: minister and church leader, was born in Waterloo Township, Waterloo County, Ontario on 16 January 1851 to David Goudie (26 May 1816-25 December 1896) and Nancy Wanner Goudie (27 February 1825-20 November 1906). He was the fifth child in a family of twelve children (one half-sister was born to David Goudie's first wife, Sarah Fathers (16 October 1822-28 August 1842). On 24 December 1872 Henry married Sarah Wildfong (22 October 1850-26 September 1921). They had seven children. After Sarah's death in 1921, on 16 October 1923 he married Susannah Doner Lageer (1860-1925), daughter of Samuel Doner and Christina Raymer Doner. Henry Goudie died 19 January 1942.
Henry grew up on a farm with a Scottish father and a Pennsylvania German mother, though the family was a member of the Mennonite Church, probably the Cressman Mennonite Church at Breslau, Ontario. He received the standard elementary school education. Goudie was converted in evening meetings led by Daniel Wismer near the town of Waterloo on 12 January 1870. However, Bishop Abraham Martin refused to baptize the class of converts because they would not give up evening meetings. Goudie was then baptized by Daniel Hoch of the New Mennonite Church. He joined the Reforming Mennonites in 1874 and went on to become a leader in the Mennonite Brethren in Christ denomination.
Goudie began to preach in 1877 and was stationed at Port Elgin in 1878. He was ordained by the Ontario Mennonite Brethren in Christ conference in 1881. He served as pastor at Port Elgin, Breslau, New Dundee, Stayner, Markham, Kitchener (Bethany), Hanover, Shrigley, Toronto (Bethel), Aylmer, and Hespeler in Ontario. He also pastored at Mayton and Markham in Alberta. For 14 years Henry Goudie served as presiding elder: five years in Ontario (1900-1905) and nine years in Alberta (1907-1913, 1916-1919). He retired in 1926 after a service of 50 years. Afther his death, Henry Goudie was buried in the Wanner Mennonite Church cemetery at Hespeler (Cambridge), Ontario.
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"Rev. Henry Goudie." Waterloo Region Generations. Web. 12 July 2012. http://generations.regionofwaterloo.ca/getperson.php?personID=I12032&tree=generations
|Author(s)||Everek R. Storms|
|Date Published||July 2012|
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