Vineland United Mennonite Church (Vineland, Ontario)

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Vineland United Mennonite Church (Vineland, Ontario)

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Vineland United Mennonite Church had its origins in immigration of Mennonites from the Soviet Union in the 1920s. The first of these immigrants arrived in Vineland, Ontario, Canada in 1924. After Jacob H. Janzen arrived in Waterloo, Ontario in December 1924, a congregation was organized in Waterloo, and included Kirchliche Mennonites elsewhere in Ontario, including Vineland. A first baptism took place in Vineland in summer 1925. John J. Wichert arrived in Vineland in August 1926 and began giving leadership to worship services there. The Vineland group elected him as a candidate for lay ministry in 1927, and he was ordained in 1928.

Until 1934 this congregation and the Mennonite Brethren worshiped together, most often in a machine shed owned by Chris Fretz. In 1934 the Mennonite Brethren formed their own congregation, and in 1935 the United Mennonites built a church building across Victoria Avenue from the machine shop near the intersection of Culp Road. This building, with a 1942 addition, served the congregation until 1957 when a new building was erected on Second Street (later called Menno Street).

Vineland United Mennonite Church became an independent congregation in 1936.

n 1953 they were part of a number of Mennonite congregations to found a senior citizens home which was built in Vineland. In 1957 they built a larger meeting house near the Senior citizens home.


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History added with MHA fonds July 2020 by AHR.




Steiner, Samuel J. Vineland United Mennonite Church (Vineland, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2017. Web. 1 Jul 2020.

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