Durham Mennonite Fellowship (Whitby, Ontario, Canada)

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The Durham Mennonite Fellowship was a church plant in the Regional Municipality of Durham, located east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A number of Mennonite families had moved to the area and had no nearby Mennonite churches. Initial explorations took place in the early 1980s, but nothing gelled until 1987 when the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec's missions minister, Hubert Schwartzentruber, began holding monthly meetings in the Durham region.

In September 1987, under the leadership of Robert Boardman, a former Presbyterian seminarian, weekly services began in a Whitby, Ontario high school. At the end of 1987 the group began to rent space in a Christian Reformed Church and worshiped on Sunday afternoons. Later, when the church building was sold, they met in private homes.

Boardman worked for the church 1/4 time, but ended his contract in August 1990 when the fellowship decided to close. The average attendance in 1990 was under 20; the membership at that time was five.


Boers, Arthur P. "Mennonite Fellowship faces suburban challenges." Mennonite Reporter 20, no. 4 (19 February 1990): 15.

Mennonite Reporter, (26 October 1987): 15; (4 January 1988): 12.

Brief history in Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2016

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