Nairn Mennonite Church (Ailsa Craig, Ontario, Canada)

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Nairn Mennonite Church, Ailsa Craig, Ontario
Source: Brian L. Shantz Ltd. website

The Nairn Mennonite congregation near Ailsa Craig, Ontario, began services in 1948. The church's first building was constructed in 1881 as part of the Presbyterian Church. A new building was erected in 1996. Wilfred Schlegel is regarded as the founder of the congregation. Culturally the congregation's roots are Amish Mennonite. The settlement was the result of colonization by Amish Mennonites from Wilmot and Wellesley Townships in Waterloo County, and East Zorra Township in Oxford County. The language of worship services has always been English.


"40-Nairn," Mennonites in Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Arnel, Ruth. A Time of Change: Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Nairn Mennonite Church. Nairn, Ont.: Nairn Mennonite Church, 1973, 48 pp.

Gospel Herald (13 April 1948): 355; (7 September 1948): 845; (22 March 1949): 283; (21 February 1950): 184; (24 July 1956): 705.

Mennonite Reporter (10 July 1989): 9; (30 May 1994): 15; (17 October 1994): 15; (4 March 1996): 14; (3 February 1997): 17.

Archival Records

Church archival records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: R.R. 1, Box 9, 26459 Bear Creek Side Rd., Ailsa Craig, ON N0M 1A0

Location: 4 km south of the town of Ailsa Craig

Telephone: 519-232-4425

Denominational Affiliations:

Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (1948-1988)

Mennonite Church (1959-1999)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1995-present)

Nairn Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 20
1965 83
1985 61
1995 59
2000 61
2011 59

Author(s) Wilfred Schlegel
Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2013

Cite This Article

MLA style

Schlegel, Wilfred and Sam Steiner. "Nairn Mennonite Church (Ailsa Craig, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2013. Web. 19 Jun 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114250.

APA style

Schlegel, Wilfred and Sam Steiner. (December 2013). Nairn Mennonite Church (Ailsa Craig, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 June 2018, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=114250.

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