Bethany Mennonite Church (Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada)

Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Bethany Mennonite congregation formally organized in 1932. The first building was occupied in 1932, with a subsequent building program in 1951. Jacob Klassen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union. A parsonage was built in the autumn of 1984.

The church building was located two miles east of the CBK radio station. Congregational chairperson Edward Kornelsen served in 1996 as congregational leader. The language of worship wais English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

Because of dwindling numbers and an aging membership of 10 people, the congregation held its last service in December 2005. Remaining members joined the North Star Mennonite Church except for one couple, which joined the local Baptist church.


Canadian Mennonite 5 (2 August 1957): 11.

Canadian Mennonite 10 (20 March 2006): 22-23.

Through 50 Years at Bethany Mennonite Church, 1932-1982. Watrous, Sask.: Anniversary Committee, 1982.

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives, Winnipeg, MB: Volumes 57, 1641, 2884, 2925.

Additional Information

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1932-2005)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1947-2001)

Bethany Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
Jacob Klassen 1934-1938
Abram Warkentin 1945-1963
Abram Regier 1956-1965
Peter Willms 1956-1967
Ruben Siemens 1968-1970
Eric Froese 1971-1974
Herb Kornelsen 1975
Dan Boehr 1976
James Mullet 1977-1984
Dave Peters 1985-1989
Henry Funk 1991
Ed Kornelsen 1990, 1992-?

Bethany Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1953 88
1965 84
1975 64
1985 45
1995 23
2000 23
2005 10

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published January 2012

Cite This Article

MLA style

Epp, Marlene and Samuel J. Steiner. "Bethany Mennonite Church (Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2012. Web. 5 Jul 2022.,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=167201.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Samuel J. Steiner. (January 2012). Bethany Mennonite Church (Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 5 July 2022, from,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=167201.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 304. All rights reserved.

©1996-2022 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.