The Toronto United Mennonite congregation began services in 1930s, and formally organized in 1948. The first building was occupied in 1956, with a subsequent building program in 1997. Prior to 1956 the congregation met in homes. H.A. Claassen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through urbanization from rural Ontario beginning 1928.
In 1950 there were 11 members; in 1965, 84; in 1975, 109; in 1985, 149; in 1995, 172; in 2000, 184. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (-1988), Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada, General Conference Mennonite Church (1956-1999) and the Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1940s.
Leading ministers since 1948 have included H. A. Claassen (1948), Frank Dyck (1949-1950), William W. Dick (1950-1961), Nick Dick (1961-1968), Ed & Marianne Enns (Lay leaders, 1968/1969), Helmut Harder (Interim, 1969/70), Darrell Fast (1970-1986), Osiah Horst (Interim, 1986/87), Gary Harder (1987-)
The congregation's address is 1774 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON, M4L 1G7. (416) 699-6631. The church is located at Queen and Lark Sts. In 1997 Toronto United Mennonite shared space with the New Life Faith Community in a new facility.
Mennonite Reporter (30 May 1977): 11; (28 July 1997): 2.
CMC Nexus (October 1996): 10.
Unpublished congregational history, 1960, 2 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre
25th Anniversary Year: Toronto United Mennonite Church. 1974, 11 pp.
|Date Published||February 1989|
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