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Paxton Mennonite Brethren Church, 1948.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies

New Life Fellowship, formerly known as the Grant Mennonite Brethren Church, started out as the Paxton Mennonite Brethren Church in rural Paxton, Nebraska. The Church has its roots in the Mennonite Brethren churches of Jansen, Nebraska and Henderson, Nebraska. Several families were looking for land for their growing families and they found it in the Paxton area. They moved around 1918, started farming in the area, and soon organized the Paxton Mennonite Brethren Church in 1919. They first met in an old building on the south-west corner of H. C. Flaming land, and eventually built a new church building in 1925, 6 miles (10 km.) south and 5 and a half miles (9 km.) west of Paxton.

Eventually there were fewer families living near Paxton and more farming around the Madrid area. In October and November of 1963 the parsonage was moved to Grant, Nebraska, after it was decided to build a new and larger church that was more centrally located. Plans for the new church were approved and work began in March 1964. In the summer of 1964, the congregation moved to Grant where John A. Schellenberg was the first pastor in the new building and it became known as the Grant Mennonite Brethren Church. The first service was held on 14 June 1964 with the dedication service on 2 August 1964. The old church building near Paxton was sold and moved to Roscoe, Nebraska where it was used as a school house in District Seven.

A new addition of Sunday School rooms was completed about 1977. In 1990 a new sanctuary, social hall and kitchen were built. The first wedding in the new church was on 18 August 1990 with the sanctuary completed but the kitchen was not yet completed. The first Sunday service was the next day on 19 August 1990.

In 1993 the name of the church was changed to New Life Fellowship Church.

[edit] Bibliography

Sperling, Kathy Penner. "History of the Paxton Mennonite Brethren Church & Grant M B Church now New Life Fellowship." 2013. Web. 16 March 2014.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 617 West 4th Street, Grant, NE 69140

Phone: 308-352-4250

Website: New Life Fellowship

Denominational Affiliation:

Central District of Mennonite Brethren Churches

US Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

[edit] New Life Fellowship Ministers

Minister Years
Heinrich C. Flaming
John K. Siemens
J. P. Fast
D. M. Doerksen
George H. Jantzen
B. C. Willems
Henry Hooge -1951
Lavern Loewens
Edwin A. Schmidt 1957-1960
John A. Schellenberg 1960-
Eugene Layne
Phillip LaBue
David Block
Ron Grosser
Joe Agee (interim)
Kit Buschman
Charles Harder
Mark Carlton (interim)
Vince Carrig 2004-2013

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published March 2014

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Thiessen, Richard D. "New Life Fellowship Church (Grant, Nebraska, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2014. Web. 28 May 2017.,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=131259.

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Thiessen, Richard D. (March 2014). New Life Fellowship Church (Grant, Nebraska, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2017, from,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=131259.

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