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Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church held its first Sunday morning service on 21 August 1910 and formally organized on 23 October of the same year. The first sanctuary was dedicated on 9 October 1910, with subsequent building programs in 1917 and 1967. Peter J. Friesen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from Nebraska. There were 78 charter members in 1910.

The church housed Bethany Bible Institute when it was first founded in 1927. A church building was erected in 1910 and enlarged in 1917. A new church was built in 1966. The Hepburn MB Church frequently obtained ministerial help from Bethany Bible School teachers.

Hepburn MB Church grew to be the largest MB congregation in Saskatchewan and held that distinction for many years.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (4 April 1967): 1.

Golden Jubilee of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Hepburn, Saskatchewan, Canada: 1910-1960. 1960, 30 pp.

Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church 100th Anniversary: 1910-2010. Hepburn, SK: The Church, 2010.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 70; (May 2011): 32.

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

Archival Records:

Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church Archives collection at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Additional Information

Address: Box 237, Hepburn, SK S0K 1Z0; located at 221 2nd Avenue South, Hepburn, SK.

Telephone: 306-947-2085

Website: Hepburn MB Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1910-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1910-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1910-2002)

Hepburn MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Peter J. Friesen 1910-1926
Peter Nickel (interim) 1926-1927
David Schmor 1927-1936
J. B. Toews 1937-1938
David Schmor 1939-1940
Gerhard D. Huebert 1941
Henry H. Fast 1942-1945
Frank J. Baerg 1945-1946
Jacob P. Dyck 1947-1948
Nick Willems 1948-1949
Frank J. Baerg 1949-1950
Jacob H. Epp (interim) 1950-1952
Frank F. Froese (interim) 1952
Peter R. Toews 1952-1956
Walter Wiebe 1956-1958
Jacob Bergen 1958-1964
George D. Geddert (interim) 1964-1965
John F. Froese 1965-1973
Henry M. Willems (interim) 1974
John E. Klassen 1974-1981
Henry M. Willems (interim) 1981-1983
Waldo Andres (interim) 1983
Henry Penner (interim) 1983
Frank F. Froese (interim) 1983-1985
Abe Block 1985-1987
David Nightingale 1987-1989
Ralph Gliege 1989-1992
Carl Enns (interim) 1992
Len Doerksen 1993-1996
Ross Penner 1996-2002
Reuben Andres (interim) 2002-2004
Jeff Peters 2004-2011
Rod Schellenberg 2012-present

Hepburn MB Church Membership

Year Members
1910 78
1925 312
1950 260
1965 209
1975 257
1985 235
1994 211
2000 174
2010 223


Author(s) P. R. Toews
Marlene Epp
Date Published March 2012


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Toews, P. R. and Marlene Epp. "Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church (Hepburn, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 22 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hepburn_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Hepburn,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=92001.

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Toews, P. R. and Marlene Epp. (March 2012). Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church (Hepburn, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hepburn_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Hepburn,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=92001.




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