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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 (Bishop) 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, later 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. In 2006 membership was 260 with one congregation, 2009 membership was 330, and 2012 membership stood at 450. In 2012 the Bishop was Wilhelm J. "Willie" Thiessen, Pastors were Randy Thiessen and Jake Friesen, and Deacons were John Wolf and Bill Thiessen.

See also Zion Mennonite Church.


Mennonite World Conference. "Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches Worldwide, 2009."

Mennonite World Conference. World Directory = Directorio mundial = Répertoire mondial 2012: Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Related Churches = Iglesias Menonitas, de los Hermanos en Cristo y afines = Églises Mennonites, Frères en Christ et Apparentées. Kitchener, ON: Mennonite World Conference, 2012: 29.

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.

Additional Information

Website: New Reinland Mennonite Church

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Thiessen Richard D.
Date Published 2013

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Steiner, Sam and Thiessen Richard D.. "New Reinland Mennonite Church of Ontario." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2013. Web. 23 May 2017.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 625. All rights reserved.

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