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The Bethany Christian (formerly Bethany Mennonite) congregation began services in July 1946, and formally organized on 5 October 1947. The first building was occupied in 1960, with a subsequent building program in 1996/97. Willis Yoder is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by the Alberta-Saskatchewan Conference and Willis Yoder.

With the 1997 building, the Bethany congregation moved into town. It had been located five miles (eight km) southeast of Smith.

Minister Joe Mrak served in 2009 as a congregational leader. The language of worship is English.


Mennonite Reporter 24 (8 January 1996): 11; 25 (14 April 1997): 11.

Stauffer, Ezra. History of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. 1960: 4.

Willis Yoder collection at Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana contains information about the church's beginnings.

Additional Information

Address: Highway 2A, Smith, Alberta

Phone: 780-829-3787

Denominational Affiliation:

Northwest Mennonite Conference (1947-present)

Mennonite Church (1946-2001)

Bethany Christian Church Membership

Year Members
1947 11
1952 20
1965 31
1975 22
1985 25
1995 25
2000 26

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published January 1998

Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Bethany Christian Church (Smith, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1998. Web. 23 Feb 2017.,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=112716.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (January 1998). Bethany Christian Church (Smith, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 February 2017, from,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=112716.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 304. All rights reserved.

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