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Bridgeway Community Church, Swift Current, SK Source: Saskatchewan MB Conference website
For reasons of lack of suitable transportation to surrounding churches and growing numbers of Mennonite Brethren in the Swift Current area a group met on 23 November 1933 to discuss the feasibility of a new church and unanimously decided to start a new church. Twenty-six charter members officially founded the Swift Current Mennonite Brethren Church on 21 June 1934. The Depression prevented the construction of a church building until 1940. Until then the members met in private houses. The first building, which seated 100, was supplanted in 1959 by a 250 seat building on 15th Ave and Winnie St. In 1977 they dedicated a new 600 seat sanctuary and the name was changed to Bridgeway Community Church.

The three leaders elected in 1934 were Gerhard A. Warkentin (moderator), Isaac K. Epp (assistant), and Frank J. Peters (secretary and treasurer). While all three were also called to be lay ministers, Peters was the foremost of the three. He officiated the first baptism on 26 July 1936.

Brad Wall, the Premier of Saskatchewan (2007- ), was a member of this congregation.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (26 May 1959): 1.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 64.

Mennonite Observer (11 December 1959): 3.

Penner, Peter. No Longer at Arm's Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1987, 178 pp.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. 1975: 164.

Additional Information

Address: 510 – 13th Avenue NE, Swift Current, Saskatchewan  S9H 4K1

Phone: 306-773-8945

Website: Bridgeway Community Church

Denominational Affiliation: Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Bridgeway Community Church Pastors

Name Years
Frank J. Peters 1934-1957
E. J. Lautermilch

(first salaried)

1957-1962
David Nickel 1962-1966
Isaac Bergen 1967-1971
Peter Nikkel 1971-1982
Peter Klassen 1982-1991
Lorne Willms 1991-1998
Cory Anderson 1998
Cliff Janzen 1999-2009

Bridgeway Community Church Membership

Year Membership
1950  33
1965 136
1975 212
1985 334
1994 251
2000 264
2010 186

Maps

Map:Bridgeway Community Church (Swift Current, Saskatchewan)


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published August 2011


Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Bridgeway Community Church (Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2011. Web. 2 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bridgeway_Community_Church_(Swift_Current,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=91237.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (August 2011). Bridgeway Community Church (Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bridgeway_Community_Church_(Swift_Current,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=91237.




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