Dunnville United Mennonite Church (Dunnville, ON)

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Title: Dunnville United Mennonite Church fonds

Dates of creation: 1949-1951

Physical description: 1 cm of textual records

Administrative history: The church is located on Lot 8, Concession 2, on Hwy. 3 east of Dunnville.

Minister Henry Schmidt served in 1995 as a non-salaried congregational leader. In 1950 there were 49 members; in 1965, 37; in 1975, 29; in 1985, 27; in 1995, 24. The congregation was affiliated with the Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario in 1950, the Conference of Mennonites in Canada in 1949, the General Conference Mennonite Church in 1956, and the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada in 1988. Thus Dunnville United Mennonite was part of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada segment of the Mennonite world. The language of worship is English; language transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

The congregation began services in 1947, and formally organized in 1949. The first building was occupied in 1952. Jacob Penner is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization from the Leamington, Reesor, Vineland, and Niagara regions of Ontario. The decline in membership after 1950 was due to young people moving away to find jobs. The congregation closed its doors in 1999 due to this decline.

Custodial history: Custodial history: The donation was made at an unknown time.

Scope and Content: The fonds consists of Letters Patent for the Dunnville United Mennonite Church and a copy of deed of land.

An encyclopedia entry for this congregation may be found in GAMEO

Original archival description created March 2004 by Sam Steiner

File list:

  1. Letters Patent, 30 March 1949
  2. Indenture of sale from Milton & Martha Anderson to Dunnville United Mennonite Church, 15 September 1951

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