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Linwood Mennonite Meetinghouse
Interior of meetinghouse

The Linwood Old Order Mennonite meetinghouse is located in the Region of Waterloo, Wellesley Township, on Ament Line, about 0.8 km east of the village of Linwood.

The meetinghouse was built in 1962, with an addition to the west end of the building constructed in 1987. In 1982, the meetinghouse received a new roof and chimney, and in 2001 it again received a new roof as well as a new outhouse and shed.

When the Weaverland meetinghouse was built in 1976, approximately 5 km north of Linwood, some families from the Linwood district joined this congregation. Old Order Mennonites automatically "belong to" the congregation whose meetinghouse is closest to their home.  No official membership transfer takes place from the former location.  

By 2002 the Linwood district had grown large enough to be divided into East and West districts.  At this time, there were around 74 families in the district. An accurate count of members is not always available because Old Order Mennonites think of themselves as members of the church at large and not just the immediate congregation. The Old Order also do not see the quantity of members as indicative of the congregation’s importance.

The Linwood congregation has held regular signing for the deaf since 1981.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Reporter (3 April 1989): 14.

Information from the congregation.

[edit] Additional Information

[edit] Linwood Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse Ordained Leaders

Bishops Years Ministers Years Deacons Years
Edward Bauman 1961-2002 Josiah Wideman 1962- Josiah Martin 1962-1966
Ian Shantz 1986- Stanley Martin 1989- Amos B. E. Martin 1967-
Onias Frey 2002- James Burkhart 2002- Stuart Martin 2002-

[edit] Linwood Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse Membership

Year Membership
(in families)
1962 46
1967 50
1972 52
1977 52
1982 47
1987 57
1992 55
1997 66
2002 34 (East)
40 (West)

Author(s) Anita Streicher
Date Published 2005

[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Streicher, Anita. "Linwood Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse (Linwood, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2005. Web. 23 Feb 2017.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=142283.

APA style

Streicher, Anita. (2005). Linwood Old Order Mennonite Meetinghouse (Linwood, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 February 2017, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=142283.

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