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.


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Unpublished congregational history, 1978, 24 pp.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

Address: 540 Regional Rd 55, Lively On. P3Y 1C4. The church is located sixteen km west of Sudbury on Regional Rd. 55.

Phone: (705) 692-7655

Website: Waters Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations: Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario (1959-1988)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1960-Present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM) (1959-1999)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-Present).

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

Waters Mennonite Church Members

Year Members
1965 33
1975 57
1985 53
1995 53
2000 46
2011 21

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Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published January 1989

Cite This Article

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Epp, Marlene. "Waters Mennonite Church (Lively, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 21 May 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waters_Mennonite_Church_(Lively,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105505.

APA style

Epp, Marlene. (January 1989). Waters Mennonite Church (Lively, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 May 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waters_Mennonite_Church_(Lively,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105505.

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