Springstein Mennonite Church (Springstein, Manitoba, Canada)

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The Springstein Mennonite congregation at Springstein, Manitoba, began services in 1924, and was formally organized on 17 October 1938 by 17 families of the Schoewieser congregation living in Springstein. Initially these immigrants met to worship in rented facilities. In 1938 they also completed a meeting place. They became part of the Schönwieser group of churches until they became independent in 1941 and elected and ordained their own bishop. William H. Enns is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

The group worshiped together with the Mennonite Brethren in the early years until each built its own meeting place.

The transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

The congregation founded Assiniboine Mennonite Mission Camp in 1949 near Headingly. They were also a part of the group which founded the Canadian Mennonite Bible College in the 1940s.


Canadian Mennonite (22 August 1958): 8.

Deininger, Margot. "The Historical Development of the Springstein Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1985, 15 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Dyck, J. P. Das 25-Jaehrige Jubilaeum der Springsteiner Mennoniten-Gemeinde, 1938-1963. Springstein: Springstein Mennonite Church, 1963, 60 pp.

Additional Information

Address: Box 38, Springstein MB R0G 2N0; located at Lot 26, Queen Street, Springstein, Manitoba

Telephone: 204-735-2758

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba / Mennonite Church Manitoba

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1939-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1947-1999)

Springstein Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years of Service
Wilhelm Enns 1930-1940
Rudy Goerzen 1948-1966
Gerhard Peters 1966-1971
Henry Neufeld 1971-1973
Ervin Siemens 1973-1974
Bruno Epp 1974-1977
Ernest Wiebe 1977-1981
Albert Durksen 1981-1989
Ernie Hildebrand 1990-1993
Elizabeth and Don Plett 1994-1999
Kathy Giesbrecht 1998-2005
Al Rempel 2001
Erwin Kroeker 2002-2007
Steve Plenert 2005-2009
Melissa Miller 2007-present

Springstein Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 156
1965 202
1975 159
1985 194
1995 185
2000 129

Author(s) William H. Enns
Marlene Epp
Date Published December 2013

Cite This Article

MLA style

Enns, William H. and Marlene Epp. "Springstein Mennonite Church (Springstein, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2013. Web. 18 Jun 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springstein_Mennonite_Church_(Springstein,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=104639.

APA style

Enns, William H. and Marlene Epp. (December 2013). Springstein Mennonite Church (Springstein, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 June 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Springstein_Mennonite_Church_(Springstein,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=104639.

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