The Friedensfelder Mennonite church met in homes in the Austin, Manitoba area. The congregation was not affiliated with any Mennonite conference. The language of worship was German.
The congregation began services in 1984. David Buhler was considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through division from the Reinland Mennonite Church in Manitoba.
The split with the Reinländer occurred in 1984 when the Altona branch decided to build a new meeting place with a basement and electricity, which was considered too modern by David Buhler and others. The Friedensfelder initially had several ministers and met in three different locations: Gnadenthal where they have built a meetingplace, and Austin and Grunthal where they met in homes. The total membership in the three centers was 30-50 adults in 1989. By 2008 the only meeting place was at Gnadenthal.
See letter from John Friesen in Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
Reimer, Margaret Loewen. One Quilt, Many Pieces: a Guide to Mennonite Groups in Canada. 4th ed. Waterloo, Ontario: Herald Press, 2008: 73.
|Date Published||December 2013|
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