Calvary Church (Ayr, Ontario, Canada)
The Mennonite work in Ayr began in 1954 as a Sunday school outreach by the Mannheim Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario in the community of Reidsville, just north of the village of Ayr.
The group purchased a property in Ayr in 1960, and soon erected a church building. In 1970 they built an adjacent parsonage. In 1978 a portable was placed behind the church building, and eventually became part of the original building. In 1990, by selling the parsonage, selling the existing church building to Kipp’s Funeral Home of Paris, and fundraising, enough money was raised to construct the present facility.
The founding pastor was Osiah Horst, who was also the pastor at the Mannheim Mennonite Church. When Horst accepted a call to Toronto, Howard Schmitt became the pastor. The congregation has served as a community church in the Ayr community. One of the congregation's unique ministry has been a "skate park" built at the rear of the property in 2005 for young Ayr skateboarders. Numerous mission projects in Canada and abroad have also been supported.
Calvary Church left Mennonite Church Eastern Canada on 30 June 2019. It became a campus of the Calvary Pentecostal Assembly based in Cambridge, Ontario. Calvary Church had limited participation in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, and had considered other denominational options for several years. The merger began with a "soft launch" in September 2019; the official public launch was scheduled for Easter 2020.
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"History of Calvary." Calvary Church. Web. 5 December 2016. http://www.calvarychurchayr.ca/history.html.
Address: 173 Northumberland Street, Ayr, Ontario
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1954-2019)
Mennonite Church Canada (1999-2019)
|Howard Schmitt||1964-August 1969|
|Darrel Jantzi||Sept. 1969-July 1974|
|Dan Burkholder||July 1974-1977|
|Bruce Sawatsky (Interim)||1995-1996|
|Dennis Bells (Interim)||2002|
|Ardith Frey (Interim)||2006|
|Lloyd Oakey||July 2006-September 2019|
|Author(s)||Samuel J Steiner|
|Date Published||January 2020|
Cite This Article
Steiner, Samuel J. "Calvary Church (Ayr, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2020. Web. 9 Aug 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Calvary_Church_(Ayr,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=167988.
Steiner, Samuel J. (January 2020). Calvary Church (Ayr, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 August 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Calvary_Church_(Ayr,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=167988.
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