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The Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church in Brandon, Manitoba began in 1954 as the Gospel Light Mission, a ministry to rural people who sought employment in the city of Brandon. Under the leadership of Abe Froese evening services were initially conducted in a rented house. On 21 November 1954 a dedication took place. In spring 1956, Lawrence Warkentin became the pastor and the services were moved to the Forresters Hall. On 20 August 1957 the church had a sod-turning ceremony for a new building. The first baptismal service was held in June 1959.

The church was accepted into the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba in 1960 as the Brandon Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1973 the Alexander Mennonite Brethren Church joined membership with the Richmond Park MB Church.

The congregation was formerly known as Brandon Gospel Light Mission, Hillside Mission, and Brandon Mennonite Brethren.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (6 May 1955): 5.

Klassen, Peter G. "The Development of a New Frontier." 1970, 2 pp. Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Loewen, Henry. "History of the Gospel Light Mission of Brandon." n.d., 3 pp. Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 37.

Penner, David J. "RPMB History 1954-2004." Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church. http://www.richmondparkchurch.ca/history.htm (accessed 2 March 2009)

Additional Information

Address: 1525 26th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7B 3C2

Phone: 204-571-4444

Website: Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church

Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1960-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1960-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1960-2002)

Richmond Park MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Abe Froese 1954-1956
Lawrence Warkentin 1956-1959
Harvey Goossen 1960-1964
Henry Willms 1965-1974
Albert Baerg 1975-1980
Harold Krahn 1982-1984
David Bergen 1985-1987
John Unger 1989-1999
Dave Ens 2001-2009
Roger Thiessen (interim) 2009-2010
Ben Kramer 2010-present

Richmond Park MB Church Membership

Year Members
1965 71
1985 218
2000 198
2010 180


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published March 2012


Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church (Brandon, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 30 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Richmond_Park_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Brandon,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=112918.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (March 2012). Richmond Park Mennonite Brethren Church (Brandon, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Richmond_Park_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Brandon,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=112918.




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