Waterloo North Mennonite Church

Classification scheme: 
III-55

Dates of creation: 1986-2015

Physical description: 75 cm of textual records

Administrative history: The congregation is located at 100 Benjamin Rd., Waterloo ON N2J 3Z4 (519) 888-6113.

Waterloo North Mennonite Church began services in 1986, and formally organized in 1987. For the first years the congregation met in the chapel, then gymnasium, of Lutherwood, a residential facilitity for teenagers on the northern edge of the City of Waterloo.

In 1994 completed its building. The first building was occupied in 1994. The congregation originated through outreach by the Erb Street Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec.

In the first years there was not paid pastoral leadership of the congregation. Dan Nighswander became a part time paid member of the Ministry leadership team by 1988 and continued in a leadership role until 1997. Mary Mae Schwartzentruber and the Ministry Team provided leadership in 1997/98. Sue C. Steiner became lead minister in May 1998 and served through 2004; Lynn Bergsma Friesen served as part time Youth-Young Adult Minister in 1999. Chip Bender served as associate minister 2000-2010. Renee Sauder was interim minister in 2005-2006. Ardithd Frey was minister from 2006-2013, Rudy Baergen was interim minister 2013-2014. Gord Allaby became lead minister in 2014. Others on staff were Lisa Carr-Pries (2008- ) and Ben Cassels (2011-2016). 

The congregation became part of the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec in 1987 and became part of the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada when the merger of three conferences in Eastern Canada occurred in 1988. The congregation is part of the Mennonite Church, and in 1995 joined the Conference of Mennonites in Canada.

Scope and content: There are four series: Formal records, Informal records, weekly Information sheets and Waterloo North Reflections(Quarterly Newsletter).

Custodial history: The initial donations to the Mennonite Archives of Ontario were made by Sam Steiner in 1998-1999; a major donation came from the church via Ron Flaming in 2016.

Notes: Created by Sam Steiner, November 1999; modified by Sam Steiner September 2016
For further information, search the Archives or see the congregation's web site at: http://www.waterloonorthmc.org/

File list:

Series 1: Formal records

  1. Annual reports, 1999-2001, 2003
  2. Church directory, October 1999, February 2004
  3. Leadership selection committee minutes and notes, 1987
  4. Steering Committee meetings, 1984-1986 (Planning for the church plant)
  5. Membership guidelines, 1997
  6. Congregational decision-making guidelines, 1991
  7. Growth Task Force
    Final report, March 2000
  8. Congregational profile
    1990

Series 2: Informal records

  1. Material from first public worship service, October 5, 1986
  2. First anniversary program, Oct. 4, 1987
  3. Building project brochure, 1990
  4. Association des Theologiennes Mennonites au Congo
    Note: Waterloo North provided assistance to this group to conduct a seminar on violence against women and girls in Kinshasa. An audiovisual recording of the seminar can be found in Hist.Mss.26.6/24.
  5. Clippings
  6. Publicity brochures
  7. Correspondence
    To Brian Mulroney re: disarmament, 1991
    To MCEC Conference minister re: statement on homosexuality, 1993

Series 3: Info Sheets

November 1986-April 1987
October 1995-2015

Series 4: Regular Worship Bulletins

October 1995-2015

Series 5: Matins Worship Bulletins

May 2006-2015

Series 6: Waterloo North reflections

Vol. 1, no. 1 (Fall, 1998)-v. 5, no. 1 (Winter, 2003)
Spring, 2006-Spring 2013

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Making an appointment with the archivist in advance is strongly recommended.

Contact

Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238

Email: marchive@uwaterloo.ca