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Title: Samuel Goudie fonds

Dates of creation: 1886-1933, 2017-2018

Physical description: 19 cm of textual records ; 1 optical disc

Biographical sketch: Samuel Goudie (1866-1951) was born near Hespeler, Ontario to David and Nancy (Wanner) Goudie. In 1889, Samuel married Elizabeth "Eliza" Jane Smith; the couple had one daughter and two sons.

Goudie grew up on his parents' farm, received a basic elementary school education and took continuation classes at the high school level. He had a conversion experience and joined the Mennonite Brethren in Christ church in 1885. He preached his first sermon at a summer tabernacle meeting along the Nith River that fall, and began itinerant ministry in 1886. He was ordained as a minister in the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church in 1891. He spent 26 years in pastoral work in southern Ontario. For 28 years he served as a presiding elder, and for 26 years as chairman of the Ontario Conference of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ. He also served on the historic peace church body the Non-Resistant Relief Organization for many years, and chaired it on several occasions.

Goudie also had many involvements in the wider Mennonite Brethren in Christ denomination, and authored two works published by the denomination: A scriptural exegesis of the doctrine of non-resistance (1918) and a catechism, Book of religious instruction (1933). Goudie retired from active work in 1940 and took up residence in Stouffville, Ontario where he died.

Custodial history: Donated to the Archives in 2018 by Tom Bunker and Eleanor (Goudie) Bunker

Scope and content: Pastor's books and personal diaries kept by Rev. Samuel Goudie

Notes: Further materials related to Samuel Goudie may be found by searching the Archives.
Biographical sketch adapted from Storms, Everek R. and Samuel J. Steiner. "Goudie, Samuel (1866-1951)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2012.
Original archival description created 2020 by Laureen Harder-Gissing.

File list:

  1. Pastor's books, 1886-1895, 1897-1898, 1900-1904, 1915-1933
  2. Pocket diaries, 1902-1905, 1907-1908, 1912
  3. Scanned documents, 2017-2018
    Note: Compact disc contains scans in pdf format of the pastor's books and diaries, as well as a few additional miscellaneous documents. The disc also includes the diary for 1900, for which the Archives does not hold the original.


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