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.

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.


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

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

Additional Information

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

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published May 2012

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Steiner, Sam. "Grace New Life Mennonite Church (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2012. Web. 22 May 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=94908.

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Steiner, Sam. (May 2012). Grace New Life Mennonite Church (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2018, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=94908.

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