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Niverville Mennonite Brethren Church, 1951.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Fourth Avenue Bible Church, Niverville, Manitoba

The Fourth Avenue Bible Church in Niverville, MB began services in 1929, and formally organized on 8 October 1933. The first building was occupied in 1937, with a subsequent building program in 1970. Abram J. Janzen and John M. Friesen are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1970s-1980s. A separate German worship service was held until September 1988 when this was replaced by a German Sunday school class. The congregation was known as the Niverville Mennonite Brethren Church until 2001.

The organization date of 1933 is from the John A. Toews book, although the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada information sheet disputes this, saying the actual organization meeting occurred in 1929. The congregation celebrated its 80th anniversary on 2 May 2010.

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Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 41; (February 2011): 29.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 162.

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Mailing address: Box 129, 62 4th Ave. South, Niverville MB R0A 1E0

Location: Corner of 1st Street South and 4th Avenue South, Niverville, MB

Telephone: 204-388-4242

Website: Fourth Avenue Bible Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Fourth Avenue Bible Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Abram J. Janzen 1929-1932
Franz Gunther 1932-1933
Jacob. P. Epp 1934-1937
William W. Dyck 1939-1955
David Dick 1956-1963
Heinrich Regehr 1964
William W. Dyck 1965-1968
Abe Konrad 1973-1984
Victor Toews (interim) 1985
Henry Regier 1986-1991
Terry Kaethler 1993
Jake Bergen (interim) 1995
Rick McCorkindale 1996-2003
Neil Block (interim) 2003
George Shillington (interim) 2004
Peter Koehn 2004-2005
Daniel Williams 2005-2008
Sieg Wall (interim) 2008-2010
Abe Klassen 2010-present

Fourth Avenue Bible Church Membership

Year Members
1933 69
1950 120
1965 161
1975 203
1985 230
1995 244
2000 209
2010 127

Author(s) Herman Neufeld
Marlene Epp
Date Published March 2012

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Neufeld, Herman and Marlene Epp. "Fourth Avenue Bible Church (Niverville, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 29 Jul 2015.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=115945.

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Neufeld, Herman and Marlene Epp. (March 2012). Fourth Avenue Bible Church (Niverville, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 July 2015, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=115945.

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