The New Reinland Mennonite Church of Ontario is composed of congregations in Leamington and Aylmer and was formed from a division among Old Colony Mennonites in 1984. Tensions had arisen in the Old Colony Mennonite Church in Ontario over leadership, the use of English, and programs for youth. The elder of the new group, Cornelius Quiring, was formerly elder in the Old Colony Mennonite Church.
The New Reinland Mennonite Church has not affiliated with any other conference, but maintains fraternal relations with conservative groups in Manitoba (Old Colony Mennonite Church, Sommerfeld Mennonite Church and Reinländer Mennonite Church). The New Reinland group continues to use the Old Colony catechism, and follows similar practice and discipline. Exceptions include greater use of the English language in worship and limited openness to cut hair for women. There is no formal connection between this group and other conferences that use variations of the Reinland (Reinländer) name.
In 1994 a group, called the Reinland Fellowship Mennonite Church, split off from the New Reinland Mennonite Church in order to maintain more conservative ways.
Total membership in 1990 was 464, while membership in 2009 was 330 with one congregation.
See also Zion Mennonite Church.
Mennonite World Conference. "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches Worldwide, 2009."
Mennonite World Handbook, ed. Diether Götz Lichdi. Carol Stream, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1990: 405.
Reimer, Margaret Loewen. One Quilt Many Pieces: A Guide to Mennonite Groups in Canada, 4th ed. Waterloo, ON and Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2008: 77-78.
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Herald Press website.
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