Grace New Life Mennonite Church (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

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Pastor Sririsack Saythavy welcomed by MCEC Assistant Moderator Linda Brnjas and Moderator Aldred Neufeldt in April 2012.
MCEC photo.

The Grace New Life Mennonite Church in the Hamilton area began as a worshiping community in 1991, and initially was linked to the Christian Reformed Church. As the only Canadian Lao church in that denomination, they had frequent contact with Mennonite Lao groups. The congregation purchased its own facility in 2002. It was then known as the New Life Christian Community.

Sririsack Saythavy, already a pastor in Thailand before immigrating to Canada in 1990, served as the founding pastor and was its primary leader through most of its first 25 years.

Over time the congregation increased its positive relationships with the Lao Christian Fellowship in St. Catharines, and with the Lao Mennonite Conference of Canada. As early as 2006 the congregation had inquired about Mennonite affiliation. Issues over Mennonite faith and practice prevented this initially, but later these concerns were successfully resolved.

In April 2012 the congregation became an emerging congregation in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. At that time it was a worshiping group of about 30-35 persons. The pastor was Sririsack Saythavy.

In 2016 attendance was about 60. Services were held in a mixture of Lao and English, but Pastor Saythavy believed the day was coming when it would be all in English.


Bauman, Brian. Personal email (18 May 2012).

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. MCEC in Ministry. Kitchener, Ont.: MCEC, 2012: 5.

Rogalsky, Dave. "Grace New Life Mennonite turns 25, looks to future." Canadian Mennonite. 9 August 2016. Web. 23 August 2016.

Additional Information

Address: 20 West Avenue North, Hamilton, ON L8P 5B8

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Grace New Life Mennonite Church Pastors

Name Years
of Service
Sririsack Saythavy 1991-present
(In Toronto
several years)

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published August 2016

Cite This Article

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Steiner, Sam. "Grace New Life Mennonite Church (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2016. Web. 19 Jun 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=141727.

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Steiner, Sam. (August 2016). Grace New Life Mennonite Church (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 June 2018, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=141727.

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