Waterloo North Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

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Waterloo North Mennonite Church

Waterloo North Mennonite Church in Ontario originated through outreach by the Erb St. Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec.

Waterloo North began worship services in October 1986 at the Lutherwood Youth facility on Benjamin Road in Waterloo, first in the chapel and later in the gymnasium. The congregation formally organized in 1987. It built the current meetinghouse in 1994.

Waterloo North has always placed emphasis on lay participation in leadership. At the beginning there were no paid leaders -- leadership was provided by a group of Elders and an Administrative Committee, together with a church chairperson. Although titles and job descriptions changed over the years, the numbers of persons actively involved in all parts of the church's ministry remained high. A four or five-person Ministry Team composed of paid staff and volunteers provides spiritual leadership for the congregation. The worship style in 2001 was traditional/liturgical. The language of worship is English.

The congregation celebrated its 25th anniversary the weekend of 22-23 October 2011.


Mennonite Reporter (22 December 1986): 8; (27 June 1994): 14.

Archival Records

Congregational papers at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Miscellaneous historical items with Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 100 Benjamin Road, Waterloo, ON N2J 3Z4; located at the corner of Weber St. N. and Benjamin Rd.

Telephone: 519-888-6113

Website: Waterloo North Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec (1987-1988)

Mennonite Church (1987-1999)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Mennonite Church Canada (1995-present)

Waterloo North Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years of Service
Carol Shantz (paid elder) 1987
Ron Flaming (paid elder) 1987
Dan Nighswander 1988-1997
Doris Weber (interim) 1995
Mary Mae Schwartzentruber (interim) 1997-1998
Lynn Bergsma Friesen 1999-2000
Sue C. Steiner 1998-2004
Darrell "Chip" Bender 2000-2010
Renee Sauder (interim) 2005-2006
Ardith Frey 2006-2013
Lisa Carr-Pries 2008-Present
Ben Cassels 2011-present
Rudy Baergen (interim) 2013-present

Waterloo North Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1995 104
2000 166
2011 260

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published March 2002

Cite This Article

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Steiner, Sam. "Waterloo North Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2002. Web. 24 Jun 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waterloo_North_Mennonite_Church_(Waterloo,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105358.

APA style

Steiner, Sam. (March 2002). Waterloo North Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 June 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waterloo_North_Mennonite_Church_(Waterloo,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105358.

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