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When many Mennonites immigrated to Mexico from the Niverville, Manitoba area in the 1920s, they created the opportunity for recent Russian Mennonite immigrants to settle. These families began to meet for worship in 1926 and affiliated themselves with the Schoenwieser Gemeinde. The desire to become independent grew and so in 1944 the Niverville Mennonite Church emerged. They purchased their own meeting house in 1944. The membership in 1958 was 148. In 1958 they built a new larger meeting house which was expanded in 1967 and again in 1976. Dietrich Koop, David Hauseknecht, and Jacob Klassen are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation met together with the Mennonite Brethren in the early years.

During the 1960s a group left the congregation to form Elim Mennonite Church. Eventually the Elim congregation joined the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference. After a number of years of working together, Elim Mennonite and Niverville Mennonite merged to form Niverville Community Fellowship on 1 January 2009.

The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1970s.

[edit] Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (12 September 1958): 8.

CMC Nexus (December 1995): 7.

Krahn, Erica. "Niverville Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1978, 18 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Loeppky, Otto. "Niverville Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1965, 17 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Mennonite Reporter (15 September 1986): 14.

Niverville Community Church. "Church Story." Web. 1 July 2010. http://www.nivcf.ca/about.htm.

Archival Records

Church records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: Box 117, 112 3rd Ave. South, Niverville MB R0A 1E0

Telephone: 204-388-4645

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Manitoba

Mennonite Church Canada (1946-2008)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1953-2001)

[edit] Niverville Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years of Service
Johann Braun 1928-1952
Dietrich Koop 1928-1930
Jacob J. Klassen 1933-1962
Peter Dirks 1937-1939
John Krahn 1958-1965
Albert Loeppky 1964-1972
Peter Janzen 1969-1970
John Siemens 1971-1981
Del Epp 1982-1986
Clarence Epp 1987-1991
Erwin Wiebe 1992
John Lenshyn 1993-1996
Del Epp 1997
Paul Adams 1998-2006

[edit] Niverville Mennonite Church Membership

Years Members
1950 90
1955 139
1965 173
1975 109
1985 188
1995 160
2000 148
2006 160


Author(s) Cornelius, Marlene Epp Krahn
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published July 2010


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Krahn, Cornelius, Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. "Niverville Mennonite Church (Niverville, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 25 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Niverville_Mennonite_Church_(Niverville,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=104636.

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Krahn, Cornelius, Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. (July 2010). Niverville Mennonite Church (Niverville, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Niverville_Mennonite_Church_(Niverville,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=104636.




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