Mornington Amish Mennonite Church (Milverton, Ontario, Canada)
About 1903 some differences arose in the Mornington Amish Mennonite Church at Poole, which resulted in some of the ministers and some of the lay members withdrawing under the leadership of Bishop Nicholas Nafziger (ordained 1896, died 1944). In 1904 the group supporting Nafziger built a meetinghouse west of the corner at Poole. Services were held every Sunday in the German language with singing from the Ausbund. This congregation was initially not connected with any conference. They had no Sunday school and no evening meetings. It was commonly known as the Nafziger Amish Mennonite Church.
The first ministers besides Nafziger were Peter Spenler and John Albrecht. John Gerber (ordained 1909, died 1929), from West Branch, Michigan, joined this group in 1924. Samuel Nafziger, son of Bishop Nicholas, was ordained minister in 1933. Moses Nafziger, nephew of Nicholas, was ordained minister in 1933 and bishop in 1940. Valentine Gerber (died 1928), ordained minister in Holt County, Nebraska, late in his life was connected with this congregation. In the 1950s the leadership consisted of Moses Nafziger, bishop; Samuel Nafziger and Joseph Steckley, ministers; and Jonas Jantzi, deacon. An account of the Amish Mennonites in Canada was given in the John Baer German Almanac in 1903.
In 1925 there were 140 members; in 1950, 160; in 1965, 143; in 1975, 54; in 1985, 53; in 1995, 45; in 2000, 27; in 2004, 22; in 2014, 10. The congregation at one time was affiliated with the Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship, but in 2014 it was an independent Amish Mennonite congregation. The ministerial team included Bishop Aaron J. Jantzi and Minister Peter Jantzi.
The language of worship is German.
Mennonite Church Directory 2014. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2014: 129.
Yoder, Elmer S. The Beachy Amish Mennonite Fellowship Churches. Hartville, Ohio: Diakonia Ministries, 1987: 368.
Address: 4233 Mornington Township Line 67, Poole, ON
|Author(s)||Joseph C. Fretz|
|Date Published||April 1986|
Cite This Article
Fretz, Joseph C. and Marlene Epp. "Mornington Amish Mennonite Church (Milverton, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 1986. Web. 20 Jan 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mornington_Amish_Mennonite_Church_(Milverton,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=131720.
Fretz, Joseph C. and Marlene Epp. (April 1986). Mornington Amish Mennonite Church (Milverton, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 January 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mornington_Amish_Mennonite_Church_(Milverton,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=131720.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 807. All rights reserved.
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