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Fox Valley Mennonite Brethren Church, now extinct, was a rural congregation in the Fox Valley Rural Municipality No. 171 in western Saskatchewan between Maple Creek and Leader, on Highway 21. About 1913, Mennonite Brethren families, many from North Dakota, began settling on farms in the general area of Fox Valley and south. Some settled near Golden Prairie about 40 km. to the south west and others at Big Stick Lake about 20 km. east of Golden Prairie. In 1914 Ältester Benjamin Janz of Main Centre, Saskatchewan, organized this scattered group into the Fox Valley congregation and they became part of the Herbert Kreise (Circle) of the Northern District Conference. Johann Schneider was the leader of the Fox Valley congregation and it ordained first Wilhelm Derksen and then Johann Kröker of Golden Prairie.

The Fox Valley area was part of a much larger settlement of German Catholics from Russia known as The Prelate Colonies, which also held some strongly Protestant settlements, and this may have attracted these Mennonite Brethren immigrants for many had a Volga German background with some coming with Lutheran roots. They often lacked knowledge of Mennonite Brethren principles and practices resulting in misunderstandings and tensions. Leaders from the more established congregations of Herbert and Main Centre were called in to assist in resolving tensions. In addition to Benjamin Janz, Heinrich A. Neufeld (1865-1933) and Cornelius N. Hiebert visited Fox Valley as evangelists and Bible expositors. The congregation was never large. Several families moved to the Woodrow area of Saskatchewan and in 1926 or 1927 the congregation closed.

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Harms, John F. Die Geschichte der Mennoniten Brüdergemeinde. Hillsboro, KS: Mennonite Brethren Publishing House, 1924.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church. Hillsboro, KS: Mennonite Brethren Publishing House, 1975.

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[edit] Fox Valley Mennonite Brethren Church Membership

Year Members
1914 13
1921 35
1924: Fox Valley 18
1924: Big Stick Lake 16
1926 34


Author(s) Victor G Wiebe
Date Published September 2014


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Wiebe, Victor G. "Fox Valley Mennonite Brethren Church (Fox Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2014. Web. 20 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fox_Valley_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Fox_Valley,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=125496.

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Wiebe, Victor G. (September 2014). Fox Valley Mennonite Brethren Church (Fox Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fox_Valley_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Fox_Valley,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=125496.




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