Bethel Mennonite Church (Bothwell, ON)

Classification scheme: 
III-30

Title: Bethel Mennonite Church (Bothwell, Ont.) fonds

Dates of creation: 1944-1967

Physical description: 2 cm of textual records

Bothwell, ON. Located 2 miles (3 km) south of Hwy. 2 on the Kent-Elgin County line, about 40 miles (65 km) west of London, Ontario.

Administrative history: Bethel Mennonite was part of the Mennonite Church (MC) segment of the Mennonite "family." The language of worship was English. The congregation began services ca. 1870, and formally organized in 1875. Early families were Brubacher, Moyer, Snyder, Bergey, Woolner, King, McKay, Saylor, Devitt, and Cressman, who had come from Waterloo County and from the Niagara frontier.

In 1875 Henry McKay was called to the ministry here and served until 1902. In 1877 Abram B. Brubacher was ordained minister. By 1883 he inclined to the conservative group and moved to eastern Ohio. In 1907 Nathaniel Bergey was ordained minister. In 1905 under I. R. Shantz of Alberta the membership was strengthened.

Over the years services were held in Cashmere Schoolhouse, S.S. No. 5, Mosa, Austen School, Presbyterian church in Bothwell, in Clachan Hall. By 1934 the membership was reduced to eleven. It was revived and a new Bethel Church built in 1941. It was located 2 miles (3 km) south of Hwy. 2 on the Kent-Elgin County line, about 40 miles (65 km) west of London, Ontario. Minister Nelson Martin served in 1965 as the congregational leader. In 1953 there were 22 members; in 1965, 24.

The congregation dissolved in 1966. It had been affiliated with the Mennonite Conference of Ontario since its formation. The group was also popularly known as Mosa Mennonite or Bothwell Mennonite.

Custodial history: Cashbook and minutes were donated at unknown time.

Notes: Original description created February 2002 by Sam Steiner

File list:

There are two series: Formal records and Informal Records

Series 1: Formal records

Cash book and minutes (Sunday School) of the Bothwell Mennonite Church, 1944-1967

Series 2: Informal records

Miscellaneous programmes

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Last modified 23-Mar-2011 by Laureen Harder-Gissing 

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