The Mitchell Mennonite Church in Manitoba began services and formally organized in 1975. The first building was occupied in 1975. Henry S. Kehler is considered the founding leader of the group, under the direction of the Bishop H. K. Schellenberg. The congregation originated through outreach led by a team of members from the Steinbach Chortitzer Mennonite Conference Church.
John H. Wiebe served in the 1980s as a part-time congregational leader. Upon his resignation, Stan Kehler assumed the leadership as a non-salaried lay minister. During these years the congregation voted to eliminate services in the German language. In 1998, Rev. Kehler resigned after 23 years of dedicated service. Chortitzer Mennonite Conference Bishop Dick Wiebe appointed Richard Martens to lead the congregation. In 2005, Rev. Martens retired and John Wieler was elected to the congregation's leadership.
The church is located at 21 Willow St., Mitchell, MB. The congregation has been affiliated with the Chortitzer Mennonite Conference. In 1985 there were 180 members; in 2005 there were approximately 100 members.
Mennonite Reporter (9 June 1975): 14.
|Date Published||February 1989|
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