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Alexander Mennonite Brethren Church was organized in 1929, although meetings for worship were held in Griswold beginning on 5 June 1926. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.  Twenty-two members met in homes until 1929, when a meetinghouse was purchased in Griswold.  The congregation was originally known as the Griswold Mennonite Brethren Church.  On 19 December 1954 a newly constructed meetinghouse was dedicated in Alexander and the name was changed.  The congregation unanimously voted to dissolve on 16 April 1973 and memberships were transferred to the Brandon Mennonite Brethren Church

The congregation had been affiliated with the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and the General Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church. The language of worship was German.

The first leader of the congregation was Henry Penner, followed by Jacob Abrahams (1930), J. J. Friesen (1931–1932), P. J. Heide (1933), J. N. Wittenberg (1934–1937), Peter Mandtler (1938–1944), Abraham B. Friesen (1945–1951), Abe L. Klassen (1952), John J. Krueger (1953–1960), H. C. Schroeder (1961–1964), and Peter J. Doerksen (1966–1971). In 1959 the membership was 81.


Bergen, Shirley. Memories of Griswold MB Church. Brandon, MB : D. Klassen, 1984?

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches: Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.  "Alexander Mennonite Brethren Church."  Accessed 8 March 2008.  <>.

Additional Information

Archival records are held at the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg.

Author(s) Harold S. Bender
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published March 2008

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Bender, Harold S. and Richard D. Thiessen. "Alexander Mennonite Brethren Church (Alexander, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2008. Web. 24 Jun 2017.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=74613.

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Bender, Harold S. and Richard D. Thiessen. (March 2008). Alexander Mennonite Brethren Church (Alexander, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 June 2017, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=74613.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1058. All rights reserved.

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