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Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite Church Source: Mennonite Church Saskatchewan website
Mennonites from Russia arrived in the Herschel area in the winter of 1924-1925. They organized their congregation in 1925 as the Ebenfeld Mennonite Church and joined the Conference of Mennonites. The congregation had 34 charter members under the leadership of Elder Jacob B. Wiens and Gerhard Wiens. In 1926 there were 117 members. A meeting house was built in 1927. By 1936 the membership was 278. Following the death of J. B. Wiens in 1939, J. J. Thiessen served the church until 1943, when Cornelius J. Warkentin was elected and ordained elder. A number of different meeting places were begun over the next decades. In 1945 a new meeting house was built in Superb, one of the four meeting houses of this "Gemeinde." The other meeting places were Fiske and Glidden, along with Herschel.

The Ebenfeld Gemeinde was divided into four congregations in 1958 and in 1973 these congregations became independent. In 1980 the Ebenfeld congregation changed its name to the current Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite Church.

The leaders of the Ebenfeld church were: Jacob B. Wiens (1925-1939); J. J. Thiessen (1939-1942) on a visiting basis; and Cornelius J. Warkentin (1943-1957) [and he remained bishop of the four congregations (1958-1970)]. Since 1990 the leader of Herschel has also been the leader in Fiske.

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Canadian Mennonite (23 January 2012): 21.

Der Bote (26 August 1953): 5.

Mennonite Heritage Centre. "Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite Church." Web. 9 July 2010. http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/holdings/SK/SK_HerschelEMC.htm.

Mennonite Reporter (16 November 1992): 11

Unpublished congregational history, 1965, 8 pp.  Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Archival Records:

Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: Vols. 1432, 2305-2306, 3366-3366b, 3367, 4491.

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Address: Box 117, Herschel SK  S0L 1L0

Location: Located two miles (three km) north of Herschel on Hwy. 31

Telephone: 306-377-4574

Website: Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan (1959-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1925-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1926-1999)

Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
Cornelius J. Warkentin 1958-1964
Arthur Wiens 1965-1985
David Neufeld 1986-1999
Claire and Garth Ewert-Fischer 2000-2011
Lois Siemens (interim) 2011
Gary and Margaret Ewert Peters 2011-present

Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 86
1975 71
1985 67
1995 77
2000 75
2010 73


Author(s) Cornelius J. Warkentin
Marlene Epp
Date Published February 2012


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MLA style

Warkentin, Cornelius J. and Marlene Epp. "Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite Church (Herschel, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2012. Web. 18 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Herschel_Ebenfeld_Mennonite_Church_(Herschel,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=92006.

APA style

Warkentin, Cornelius J. and Marlene Epp. (February 2012). Herschel Ebenfeld Mennonite Church (Herschel, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Herschel_Ebenfeld_Mennonite_Church_(Herschel,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=92006.




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