Bishop Benjamin Eby 1785-1853

Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Eby came to Upper Canada in 1806 and purchased extensive lands in this vicinity on which he settled the following year. He was ordained a minister of the Mennonite Church in 1809 and, in 1812, was made a bishop. Through his efforts, the first Mennonite church in western Upper Canada was built in this settlement in 1813. Eby was for many years the religious and secular leader of this community, which was known first as Ebytown, named Berlin about 1830, and in 1916 renamed Kitchener.


On the grounds of First Mennonite Church, 800 King Street East, Kitchener

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Municipality: City of Kitchener