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Winnipeg Central Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church traces its beginning to 1960 when the congregation known as the South End Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg, which was located at 520 William Avenue since the early 1930s, decided to build a new church on Portage Avenue at Raglan Road. Winnipeg Central was established when 134 members of the South End expressed their desire to stay at the William Avenue Church as an MB congregation. Winnipeg Central MB Church held its first independent worship service on 25 September 1961 after the South End members moved into their new premises. D. K. Duerksen is considered the founding leader of the group.

The congregation served the needs of newcomers from continental Europe by conducting services in German and English. At a congregational meeting on 22 March 1995 a vote to either merge with Elmwood MB Church or to relocate was taken. A majority chose to join Elmwood. The final worship service was held on 25 June 1995. Once the congregation dissolved, about 100 members transferred to the Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church.



Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 44; (11 August 1995): 19.

Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 162.

Archival Records:

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Volumes 463–476.

Additional Information

Location: 520 William Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1961-1995)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1961-1995)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1961-1995)

Winnipeg Central MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
D. K. Duerksen 1960-1965
Cornelius Wall (interim) 1966
J. P. Suderman 1966–1970
Gerhard D. Huebert 1970-1974
Gerhard Friesen 1975-1982
George Baier 1982-1986
A. Quiring 1987-1992
Johannes Stolz 1992-1994
Victor Neufeld (interim) 1995

Winnipeg Central MB Church Membership

Year Members
1965 193
1985 215
1995 181

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published December 2009

Cite This Article

MLA style

Thiessen, Richard D. "Winnipeg Central Mennonite Brethren Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2009. Web. 27 Jun 2017.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=78857.

APA style

Thiessen, Richard D. (December 2009). Winnipeg Central Mennonite Brethren Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 June 2017, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=78857.

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