Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church (Altona, Manitoba, Canada)
The Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church traces its beginning to 1885 when the Chortitzer ministers from the Manitoba Mennonite East Reserve held services in the school in Alt Altona. In 1892 the group became Bergthaler under the leadership of Johann Funk who resided in nearby Alt Bergthal. When a school was built in Altona in 1895, it became the centre for Bergthaler services. However, in keeping with the policy of the time, a church building was not erected in town but at Hochstadt, several miles east of Altona, and dedicated in 1898. After the move of the Mennonite Educational Institute to Altona in 1908 services were regularly conducted in that building. In 1912 the church got its own first building to serve members from Alt Altona, Alt Bergthal and Hochstadt. In 1919 this building was expanded and again in 1944. With the Bible School expanding in Altona it was decided to build a new building to accommodate the large gatherings in connection with the Bible School. A larger building was completed in 1954.
David Schulz served this congregation as leader 1926-1950 (and the larger Bergthaler Gemeinde until 1964). Other prominent Altona ministers, besides the ones listed below, included J.N. Hoeppner, P.P. Kehler and D.F. Friesen.
The language of worship was originally German and the transition to English occurred in the 1960s.
Ens, Anna. In Search of Unity: Story of the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba. Winnipeg, Manitoba: CMBC Publications, 1996.
Epp-Thiessen, Esther. Altona: The Story of a Prairie Town. Altona, Man. : D.W. Friesen, 1982.
Gerbrandt, H.J. Adventure in Faith. Altona: Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Manitoba, 1970.
Mennonite Reporter (May 15, 1978), 11; (Mar. 18, 1996), 15.
Unpublished congregational history, 1979, 12 pp. MHC.
Microfilmed records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Address: 117 2nd Street NW, Altona, Manitoba R0G 0B1 (Co-ordinates 49.106944, -97.562222 [49° 06' 25" N 97° 33' 44" W])
Denominational Afflication: Bergthal Mennonite Church of Manitoba (1893-1972)
Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba / Mennonite Church Manitoba (1947-
[Conference of Mennonites in Canada]] / Mennonite Church Canada (1903-
General Conference Mennonite Church (1968-2002)
Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church Leading Ministers
|Minister||Years of service|
|Henry J. Gerbrandt||1950-1971|
|Jacob F. Pauls||1998|
|Walter Hiebert (interim)||2016-2017|
Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church Membership
|Date Published||March 2020|
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Epp, Marlene and Alf Redekopp. (March 2020). Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church (Altona, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 April 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Altona_Bergthaler_Mennonite_Church_(Altona,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=169352.
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