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The Rainham Mennonite community began services in 1793. The first building was occupied in 1846, with a subsequent building program in 1873. Jacob Hoover (d. 1810) of York County, Pennsylvania settled in the community in 1790 with his family of five sons and three daughters. Early names in the settlement included Strickler, Shank, Swartz, Byers and Miller. Trouble apparently arose early in the history of the Mennonite community here, because an 1853 list of ministers omits the Rainham community. Perhaps the Rainham leadership was in sympathy with Daniel Hoch's movement based in Vineland, Ontario.

The profusion of cemeteries is also an indication of division. There are two small cemeteries south of Selkirk; there are also cemeteries in Walpole, Fisherville, Sweet's Corners and at Hoover's Point on Lake Erie. A settlement of Mennonites from Strickler church of Clarence, New York that settled here in the mid-1800s.

For a time Rainham shared a pastor with South Cayuga Mennonite Church.

Rainham has also been known as Stoney Creek Mennonite, Lake Shore Mennonite and Huberts meetinghouse. In 1989 about 30 members (including pastor Malcolm Eby) left to form the Living Word Christian Fellowship.

The church is located five km east of Selkirk on the west side of Fisherville Rd.

Bibliography

Mennonite Reporter (17 September 1979): 4; (30 May 1983): 4; (25 December 1989): 5; (18 October 1993): 15.

"The Rainham Church," n.d., 6 pp.; Mennonites in Canada collection, MC (1900-Rainham), Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 173 Regional Rd 12, Rainham, Ontario

Phone: (905) 776-3021

Website:

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church (MC) (1898-1999)

Mennonite Conference of Ontario (1836-1988)

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

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-)

Rainham Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Michael Shank 1816-?
Samuel Swartz 1825-1862
Bernhardt Werner 1864-1889
Leonard Hoover 1872-1877
Moses Hoover 1893-1921
Benjamin B. Shantz 1924-1931
A. Lewis Fretz 1931-1963
Orrie Gingrich 1961-1972
Cyril Gingerich 1972-1983
Malcolm Eby 1984-1989
Orland Gingerich
(Interim)
1989-1991
Rod Weber 1991-1996
Catherine Hunsberger 1997-2004
Karen Sheil 2005-2014

Rainham Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1925 24
1950 38
1965 31
1975 37
1985 51
1995 44
2000 38
2011 41

Map

Map:Rainham Mennonite Church (Selkirk, Ontario, Canada)


Author(s) Joseph C. Fretz
Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2013


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Fretz, Joseph C. and Sam Steiner. "Rainham Mennonite Church (Selkirk, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2013. Web. 17 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rainham_Mennonite_Church_(Selkirk,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105464.

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Fretz, Joseph C. and Sam Steiner. (December 2013). Rainham Mennonite Church (Selkirk, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rainham_Mennonite_Church_(Selkirk,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105464.




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