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The Brethren in Christ Church

The Brethren in Christ Church

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

The Brethren in Christ Church

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2012

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Pelham
At a cemetery on Metler Road
2.6 km from Road 20 via
north on Effingham Street (Road 32)
then east on Metler Road

Coordinates: N 43 03.736 W 79 18.273


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Plaque Text

A distinctive religious denomination similar in doctrine and practice to Mennonite assemblies, the Brethren in Christ Church emerged in Pennsylvania during the 1770s. It was established in Upper Canada in 1788 when Johannes Wenger (John Winger), who later became a bishop and Jacob Sider formed a congregation here in the Short Hills. The denomination advocated adult conversion and baptism and rejected secular pleasures, fashionable dress and political and military involvement. A small tightly knit religious group because of these strongly-held views, the Brethren in Christ Church grew slowly, drawing its members, popularly known as Tunkers, primarily from German-speaking rural communities. By the end of the 19th century however, it was firmly established in Welland, York, Waterloo and Simcoe Counties.

Related Ontario plaque
Evangelical United Brethren



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