Waters Mennonite Church (Lively, Ontario, Canada)

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The Waters Mennonite congregation at Lively, ON began services in 1948, and formally organized in 1959. The first building was occupied in 1955 with a subsequent building program in 1963. Thomas Martin and Mahlon Bast are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by the Ontario Mennonite Mission Board and individuals.

Originally the church was sponsored by the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (Mennonite Church) but later came under the administration of the United Mennonites (General Conference Mennonite Church). The original membership came from six different church groups.

In 1965 there were 33 members; in 1975, 57; in 1985, 53; in 1995, 53; in 2000, 46. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1959-1988), Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1960-), General Conference Mennonite Church (1959-1999) and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-    ). The language of worship is English.

The congregation's address is 540 Regional Rd 55, Lively On. P3Y 1C4. (705) 692-7655. The church is located sixteen km west of Sudbury on Regional Rd. 55. Minister Celeste Wright served in 2013 as a congregational leader.


Canadian Mennonite (21 March 1958): 3; (18 April 1958): 3; (22 May 1959): 1; (31 May 1963): 1.

Mennonite Reporter (18 September 1989): B3.

Article in Sudbury Star re: church dedication in 1963.

Salo, Karen. "Waters Mennonite Church." 1976, 59 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre

Unpublished congregational history, 1978, 24 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Records at the church.

Additional Information

Waters Mennonite Church

Waters Mennonite Church Pastors

Name Years
of Service
Thomas Martin 1949-1954
Tilman Martin 1954-1955
Henry Schroeder (Informal) 1955-1957
Menno Ediger 1957-1964
Gary Harder 1965-1967
John Zacharias 1967-1982
Dennis Watts 1983-1992
Lay leaders 1992/93
Anna-Lisa Salo 1993-1998
David Nicol 1998-2013
Celeste Wright 2013-Present

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published January 1989

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Epp, Marlene. "Waters Mennonite Church (Lively, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 20 Nov 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waters_Mennonite_Church_(Lively,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105502.

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Epp, Marlene. (January 1989). Waters Mennonite Church (Lively, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 November 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waters_Mennonite_Church_(Lively,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105502.

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