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Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church, ca. 1950-1951
Creator: Henry J. Wiens, Henry J. (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Dalmeny Community Church, 2009.
Photo by Victor Wiebe. 

In 1901, Mennonite Brethren settlers from Minnesota and Nebraska began settling in the Dalmeny area. In September 1901, the church was organized as Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church with approximately 42 attenders. The original congregation consisted of immigrants from Nebraska and Minnesota, including the families of Johann Baerg, John Buhler, Peter K. Janzen, Dirk Thiessen, Henry A. Thiessen, Abraham Buhler, Mrs. Johann Lepp, Peter Mandtler, Bernhard B. Fast and Henry A. Bartsch. These early members were Mennonite Brethren people coming from Minnesota and Nebraska. The congregation formally organized on 28 February 1902 with 15 persons present.

Abraham Buhler was elected as the first leader of the church and was the first ordained minister in the congregation. Worship services were conducted in various homes, including the hayloft on the Jacob Lepp farm. The first church building was erected in the summer of 1902. The west wing of the 1907 building was the original sanctuary, located at the cemetery about five miles northwest of Dalmeny. Jacob Lepp succeeded Buhler as leader from 1907 to 1941. Lepp baptized 176 members during his ministry at Dalmeny.

In 1921 a great revival took place in the congregation under the preaching of George Schultz and 52 were baptized and received into the church. In 1946, after the David Hooge campaign, 36 candidates were baptized in the North Saskatchewan River.

In 1935 people from Dalmeny were involved in building the first Mennonite Brethren church in Saskatoon and in 1937 Dalmeny people helped move the New Hope country church building to Warman, Saskatchewan for use as a place of worship.

Continued growth in the congregation led to the construction of a full basement, choir loft and a larger entrance in 1945. By 1950 the congregation had 246 members, making it the largest Mennonite Brethren congregation in Saskatchewan. The church moved to Dalmeny in 1952 and a new sanctuary was built and dedicated in June 1968.

In 1986 the Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church changed its name to the Dalmeny Community Church.

The congregation celebrated its centennial in October 2001.

[edit] Bibliography

Fuenfizigte Jubilaeum der Beiden Ebenezer Gemeinden in Saskatchwan, Canada, 9. bis 11. Juni 1939 (1939), 15 pp. Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Lepp, Martha. Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church: 75th Anniversary. Dalmeny, Sask., n.d., 19 pp.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 68; (21 December 2001): http://old.mbherald.com/40-24/news-7.html.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. 1975: 157-158.

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volumes 580–583, Microfilm Reels 8-9.

Church records microfilmed at Bethany Bible Institute, Hepburn, SK.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: Box 70, 121 4th Street, Dalmeny, SK S0K 1E0

Telephone: 306-254-4257

Website: Dalmeny Community Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1901-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1901-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1901-2002)

[edit] Dalmeny Community Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Abram Buhler 1902-1907
Jacob Lepp 1907-1941
Henry Baerg 1941-1952
Nick Willems 1952-1954
George B. Dyck 1954-1960
A. Unruh 1961-1965
Ben Heppner 1965-1967
Sylvester Dirks 1967-1969
Peter Boschman 1969-1976
Ernest Lepp 1976-1977
Henry Bartsch 1976-1977
Rueben Dirks 1977-1980
Melvin Konkel 1980-1985
John D. Reimer 1985-1989
Rick McCorkindale 1989-1996
Gary Sawatsky 1996-present

[edit] Dalmeny Community Church Membership

Year Members
1902 15
1950 246
1965 165
1975 182
1985 148
1993 152
2000 122
2010 132

[edit] Maps

Map:Dalmeny Community Church (Dalmeny, Saskatchewan)


Author(s) Waldo Lepp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published July 2011


[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Lepp, Waldo and Richard D. Thiessen. "Dalmeny Community Church (Dalmeny, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2011. Web. 20 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dalmeny_Community_Church_(Dalmeny,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=121866.

APA style

Lepp, Waldo and Richard D. Thiessen. (July 2011). Dalmeny Community Church (Dalmeny, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dalmeny_Community_Church_(Dalmeny,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=121866.




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