Hillview Conservative Mennonite Church (Bancroft, Ontario, Canada)

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The Fort Stewart Conservative Mennonite Church began as a mission outreach of the Mennonite Mission Board of Ontario (MMBO) in 1947 when Joseph C. Fretz organized a Summer Bible school program at the Carlow United Church in Boulter, Ontario, Canada. The MMBO purchased the Fort Stewart school in 1952, and dedicated it as a church in June 1954. Elvon Burkholder, who had a nearby farm, was ordained to pastor the mission and to begin regular worship services. Burkholder's farm became the site of Fraser Lake Camp, beginning in 1955.

After several theologically-conservative Mennonite families moved to the area, the young congregation was caught in the growing tension within the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (MCO) that led to a division, and the establishment of the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario (CMCO). This division came to a climax locally when Elvon Burkholder left the community to study at Eastern Mennonite College in 1960. His replacement, George Elsasser, a convert to the Mennonite faith, was not supportive of symbols of separation from the world, like the prayer veiling and the plain coat, and resisted his leadership. Elsasser was also responsible for a new church in McArthur's Mills that opened in 1960. Soon the Fort Stewart group joined the CMCO, while the McArthur's Mills congregation remained part of the MCO.

Initially the CMCO met in the home of Lorne McDowell. In 1961 after local evangelistic meetings led by Elmer Grove, the CMCO group met in the Hartsmere Community Centre. In 1966 the group purchased the Fort Stewart church building previously used by the Mennonite Mission Board of Ontario and began to meet there.

The congregation began the Fort Stewart Christian School in 1970. In 1978 the school and church combined their facilities at the former Herman school. The name of the congregation was changed to Hillview Conservative Mennonite Church at the time of the move.

Bibliography

Martin, P. Dean. "Congregational Histories." Unpublished manuscript on the Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario, 2010.

Additional Information

Address: 116 Fort Stewart Road, R.R. 4, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0

Phone: 613-332-4383

Website: http://hillviewmennonite.org/

Denominational Affiliations: Conservative Mennonite Church of Ontario

Pastoral Leaders at Hillview Conservative Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Elvon Burkholder (1925-1986) 1954-1960
Lorne McDowell (1923-2002)
(Lay leader)
1960-1967
Elmer Grove (1925-1987) 1961-1965
Moses Baer (1913-1978) 1965-1967
Lorne McDowell 1967-1977
Merle Bauman 1977-2007
Paul Zehr 1989-1996
Daniel J. Horst 2002-present
James Martin 2008-present

Membership at Hillview Conservative Mennonite Church

Year Membership
1965 10
1975 19
1980 25
1995 29
2000 31
2007 33
2016 45


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2016


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Steiner, Sam. "Hillview Conservative Mennonite Church (Bancroft, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2016. Web. 20 Jul 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hillview_Conservative_Mennonite_Church_(Bancroft,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=143207.

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Steiner, Sam. (December 2016). Hillview Conservative Mennonite Church (Bancroft, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 July 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hillview_Conservative_Mennonite_Church_(Bancroft,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=143207.




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