Arnaud Mennonite Brethren Church (Arnaud, Manitoba, Canada)

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Arnaud M.B. Church Cemetery Memorial
Photo credit: Bert Friesen, 2020

The Arnaud Mennonite Brethren congregation, in Arnaud, Manitoba, began services in 1925 and formally organized on 14 June that same year with 23 members. The members originated from the Soviet Union with the founding leader being Abram Peters. They began their services in the United Church building and then later moved into the town hall. In 1935, the congregation moved into their first permanent building. Operation of the church was paid by the income coming from a piece of land that was farmed by the church members. Church membership reached its peak in the years 1940–1943. Because of fire, they needed to rebuild in 1952. The congregation dissolved 17 April 1980 due to declining membership.

The church called itself a "Mennonite Brethren" church from the beginning, although it accepted non-immersed Evangelical Mennonite Brethren (Evangelische Mennoniten-Gemeinden or Allianz Gemeinden) persons as full members until the church joined the Northern District Conference (Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches) in 1928.


Dueck, Abe. "Evangelical Mennonite Brethren in Alberta: Bruderthaler or Mennonite Brethren?" Mennonite Historian (March 1996): 1-2, 8.

Harder, Peter R. Arnaud Through the Years. 1974.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (8 May 1981)

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg MB: Vols. 405-407, Reels 88-89.

Additional Information

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

Canadian Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-1980)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-1980)

Arnaud MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Abram B. Peters 1925–1927
Abram Nachtigal 1927-1933
Henry P. Toews 1933–1948
Isaac Toews 1948–1959
David Thiessen 1959–1967
Edward G. Thiessen 1967-1975

Author(s) Henry Neufeld
Marlene Epp
Date Published November 2009

Cite This Article

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Neufeld, Henry and Marlene Epp. "Arnaud Mennonite Brethren Church (Arnaud, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2009. Web. 17 Apr 2024.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=170115.

APA style

Neufeld, Henry and Marlene Epp. (November 2009). Arnaud Mennonite Brethren Church (Arnaud, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 April 2024, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=170115.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 161. All rights reserved.

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