The Steinbach Mennonite Brethren congregation at Steinbach, Manitoba began services in 1926, and formally organized in 1927. Until 1927 the group worshipped together with the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren. Gerhard H. Unruh is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.
The group first met in the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren church, but then purchased and remodeled an old school. The lot was purchased in 1942 but the new church could not be built because of World War II. The new sanctuary was completed in 1947. In 1957 and 1970, the building was enlarged. In 1978, the adjacent lot was bought for possible expansion and parking. A new sanctuary was completed in 1987.
About two dozen people decided to form another separate independent congregation and in 1983 the Community Fellowship Church began.
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Archival RecordsCentre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Winnipeg, MB): Volumes 436–438.
Mailing Address: Box 1930, Steinbach, MB R0A 2A0
Location: 340 2nd Street (and Lumber Avenue), Steinbach, MB
Website: Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church
Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1943-present)
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1927-present)
General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (until 2002)
Steinbach MB Church Leading Ministers
|Abr. A. Regehr||1934-1942|
|Jacob H. Epp||1943-1952|
|H. A. Regehr||1953-1964|
|John D. Reimer||1967-1974|
|F. W. (Bill) Lehman||1985-1990|
|Keith Poysti (interim)||1995-1996|
|Walter Reimer (interim)||2000|
Steinbach MB Church Membership
|Date Published||March 2012|
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Wedel, J. and Marlene Epp. "Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 20 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Steinbach_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Steinbach,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=77911.
Wedel, J. and Marlene Epp. (March 2012). Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Steinbach_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Steinbach,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=77911.
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