Bergthal Mennonite Church (Didsbury, Alberta, Canada)

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Bergthal Mennonite Church, Didsbury, Alberta
Source: Church website

The Bergthal Mennonite Church at Didsbury, Alberta began from settlers who moved here from Manitoba in 1901 and settled within sight of the Rocky Mountains. The congregation was founded in 1903 and built their first meeting house that year. The congregation joined the Conference of Mennonites in Middle Canada in 1910. Up until that time the congregation included a number of Sommerfeld Mennonite families, but many of them left after the congregation joined the conference. During its first years the congregation did not have a resident minister, but the church was served frequently by Gerhard Buhler, Frank Sawatzky, David Toews and C. F. Sawatzky. After 1929 the congregation had its own pastor.

In 1918-1919 the meeting house was moved west along with the cemetery. In 1923 and following, many new Mennonite immigrants from Russia joined the congregation, resulting in the construction of a basement in 1929 and an expansion of the meeting house in 1934.

In 1937 Menno Bible Institute was begun by the congregation. This Bible institute was taken over by the conference in 1946. The buildings were sold to the conference and a new meeting house for the congregation was completed in 1948. This building was enlarged in 1965-1966. The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.


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Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Volumes 86, 1628, 2940, 4001, 4689.

Additional Information

Address: R.R. 2, Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0; the church is located three miles (five km) south, nine miles (15 km) east of Didsbury.

Phone: 403-335-4451

Website: Bergthal Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Alberta

Mennonite Church Canada

General Conference Mennonite Church (1938-1999)

Bergthal Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
Abram Dyck  
Jacob Hamm 1903-1910
Gerhard Neufeld 1910-1946
Daniel Unruh 1921-1923
Isaac Epp 1923-1925
Cornelius D. Harder 1927-1935
J. P. Loewen 1931-1988
John J. Sawatzky 1931-1945
William Falk 1931-1932
Cornelius G. Neufeld 1932-1991
Jack Neufeld 1932-1972
Martin Goerzen 1958-1963
Werner Froese 1967-1977
Erwin Siemens 1977-1981
David Letkemann 1982-1986
Norman Bergen 1988-1991
Bruce Wiebe 1992-2000
Elwin Garland 2002-2009
Michael Nimz 2009-2012
Ken Bechtel (interim) 2013-present

Bergthal Mennonite Church Membership

Years Members
1931 104
1938 105
1950 155
1965 204
1975 176
1980 193
1985 178
1995 159
2000 156
2020 102

Author(s) C. G. Neufeld
Marlene Epp
Date Published February 1989

Cite This Article

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Neufeld, C. G. and Marlene Epp. "Bergthal Mennonite Church (Didsbury, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 1989. Web. 22 Jun 2021.,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=171772.

APA style

Neufeld, C. G. and Marlene Epp. (February 1989). Bergthal Mennonite Church (Didsbury, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 June 2021, from,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=171772.


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