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The Bergthaler Mennonite congregation began services in 1908; the first building was occupied in 1912. Johann Funk is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from Russia.

Minister Peter Penner served in 2000 as a salaried congregational leader. In 1965 there were 529 members; in 1975, 590; in 1985, 637; in 1995, 561; 2000, 532; 2008, 411. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba, the Conference of Mennonites in Canada and the General Conference Mennonite Church since 1968. The languages of worship are English and German. The language transition from German occurred in the 1960s.



Epp-Thiessen, Esther.  Altona: The Story of a Prairie Town. Altona, Man. : D.W. Friesen, 1982.

Gerbrandt, H.J. Adventure in Faith. Altona: Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Manitoba, 1970.

Mennonite Reporter (May 15, 1978), 11; (Mar. 18, 1996), 15.

Unpublished congregational history, 1979, 12 pp. MHC.


Address: 117 2nd Street NW, Altona, MB

Phone: 204-324-6717

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Manitoba

Mennonite Church Canada

Additional Information

Congregational records at MHC.

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published September 1986

Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene. "Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church (Altona, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 1986. Web. 28 Jun 2017.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=53785.

APA style

Epp, Marlene. (September 1986). Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church (Altona, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 June 2017, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=53785.

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