Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church at Winkler, Manitoba, the oldest Mennonite Brethren Church in Canada, began as the result of home mission effort of the Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1883 the Conference sent Heinrich Voth and David Dyck as evangelists to Manitoba. On 30 May 1886, the first baptismal service was held, when six members were received into church membership. The church formally organized in 1888.
Gerhard Wiebe, an immigrant from Russia, organized the group into a congregation of 16 members. In 1889 the first church building was erected 6 miles northwest of Winkler, in the village of Burwalde. In 1895 David Dyck, a minister from Colorado, became leader of this church, which at that time numbered 84 members. Affiliated stations were opened at Kronsgart and Grossweide, which developed into new churches. Beginning in 1898 and for many years thereafter, the three congregations held a meeting each quarter (Vierteljahresfest) to promote foreign missions. In 1898 the church building was moved from Burwalde to just outside Winkler. Shortly after, a new one was erected on the same site; it was enlarged twice. In 1947 the building and lot were sold, and a new building was erected in Winkler, 60 x 102 ft., seating capacity 1,000. A new sanctuary was completed in 1988.
In 1895 Johann Warkentin was ordained as minister and in 1906 he became the presiding minister of the church, a position he held 25 years. In 1898 the Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church was held at Winkler. This was the first time that it convened in Canada.
In 1906 P. H. Neufeld was ordained to the ministry. In 1931 H. S. Voth became leader and pastor of the church, followed by G. D. Pries. In 1959 the leader was J. H. Quiring, with a membership of 348.
The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
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Archival RecordsChurch records at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.
Address: 120 Pineview Drive, Winkler, MB, R6W 1T3
Website: Winkler MB Church
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1913-present)
Winkler MB Church Leading Ministers
|Pastor||Years of Leadership|
|H. S. Voth||1932–1950|
|G. D. Pries||1951–1954|
|J. H. Quiring||1955–1962|
|J. M. Schmidt||1968–1972|
|John D. Stoesz||1973–1981|
|Herb Van Bergen||1986–1988|
|George Baerg (interim)||1995-1996|
|Victor H. Neufeld (interim)||2000-2002|
Winkler MB Church Membership
|Author(s)||H. H. Redekop|
|Date Published||February 2014|
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Redekop, H. H. and Marlene Epp. "Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church (Winkler, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2014. Web. 2 Sep 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Winkler_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Winkler,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=112951.
Redekop, H. H. and Marlene Epp. (February 2014). Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church (Winkler, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 September 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Winkler_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Winkler,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=112951.
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