Shantz Mennonite Church (Baden, Ontario, Canada)

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The Shantz Mennonite Church near Baden, Ontario began services in 1840. The first building, a stone structure, was occupied in 1853 and remodeled in 1900. It was replaced by a brick building in 1929, with another addition in 1988. The community was settled in the 1830s; the first settlers were George R. Schmitt and John Schmitt from the Alsace. The congregation originated primarily through emigration from Pennsylvania. At one time the congregation was known as the Upper Street Church. On 13 July 1956 a tornado ripped off the roof of the church. The language of worship is English; language transition from German occurred in the early 1900's.


Canadian Mennonite (13 July 1956): 1.

Fretz, J. C. "The Shantz Mennonite Church." 1953, 7 pp. Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Kehl, J. Lester. "History of the Shantz Mennonite Church."

Mennonite Reporter (9 May 1988): 17.

Schiedel, Mary Hunsberger. A Journey of Faith: the History of Shantz Mennonite Church, 1840-2000. Baden, Ont.: The Church, 2000. 96 pp.

Shantz, Christine. "History Changes." Personal e-mail (22 November 2011).

Archival Records

Archival records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: R. R. 2, Box 299, Baden, ON N0B 1G0; located 3 km north of Baden, 13 km west of Waterloo at 2473 Erb's Road

Telephone: 519-634-8712 


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Conference of Ontario / Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Shantz Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
George Schmitt 1845-1882
Tobias Bowman 1882-1898
Orphen H. Wismer 1898-1937
Leslie Witmer 1937-1967
Lester Kehl 1967-1976
Ed Kauffman 1976-1984
Vernon Zehr 1985-1989
Doris Gascho 1987-1994
Jim Loepp Thiessen 1991-2003
Maurice Martin
Ellie Huebner 2006-2011
Nancy Brubaker
Don Penner 2012-Present

Shantz Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1925 54
1950 111
1965 105
1975 102
1985 124
2000 159
2005 146
2011 140


Map:Shantz Mennonite Church (Baden, Ontario, Canada)

Author(s) Joseph C. Fretz
Marlene Epp
Date Published December 2013

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Fretz, Joseph C. and Marlene Epp. "Shantz Mennonite Church (Baden, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2013. Web. 26 Sep 2018.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105160.

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Fretz, Joseph C. and Marlene Epp. (December 2013). Shantz Mennonite Church (Baden, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 September 2018, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=105160.

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