Blaine Lake Gospel Chapel (Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Blaine Lake Mennonite Brethren Church, ca. 1950-1951
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Blaine Lake Gospel Chapel
Source: Saskatchewan MB Conference website

In 1906 Hermann Fast came to the Petrofka school to teach the Russian language and to conduct worship services in the school and in homes. People who attended these services decided to build a church in the country. Wasyl Wasilenko and his brother-in-law Nicholas Boulanoff, whose farms were adjacent to each other in the Harmonia district, each donated an acre of land for the church site. The structure was completed in 1912. In 1918 Wasyl Wasilenko was ordained as minister and Paul Makaroff as deacon. After Wasilenko moved away in 1924 the Mennonites at Blaine Lake joined together with a local Russian Baptist congregation to form one church. Baptist minister George Buzowetsky served as pastor and Makaroff continued serving as deacon. The church formally adopted the name Baptist Mennonite Union Church of Blaine Lake.

In the 1940s the members decided to move the Mennonite church from the Harmonia District to the town of Blaine Lake. The building was moved to 107 Railway Avenue West. From 1944 to 1956 the church was under the leadership of John Koval, a local storekeeper, who conducted services in the Russian language. When the church membership grew members built an addition to the existing building. Services in the 1950s were in both Russian and English languages. By 1959 the Russian-speaking people met separately and services at the church were in the English language.

The church went through several name changes. At first it was a Mennonite Brethren Church at Petrofka. It became the Baptist Mennonite Union Church of Blaine Lake when the two congregations worshiped together. When the Baptists moved away the name again became the Blaine Lake Mennonite Brethren Church. Then in 1967 to encourage attendance by people of all denominations the name was changed to Blaine Lake Gospel Chapel.

A new fellowship hall was completed in June 2009. In 2009 the average attendance was 60-70.


"Blaine Lake Gospel Chapel." Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. (accessed 21 August 2009)

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 68; (May 2008); (January 2011): 28; (April 2012): 24.

Penner, Peter. No Longer At Arm's Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg: Kindred Press, 1987. Available in full electronic text at:

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volume 603.

Additional Information

Address: Box 15, Blaine Lake, SK  S0J 0J0

Location: 107 Railway Avenue West, Blaine Lake, SK

Phone: 306-497-3316

Denominational Affiliations:

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Blaine Lake Gospel Chapel Ministers

Minister Years
Wasyl Wasilenko 1918-1924
John Koval 1944-1956
Peter Esau 1954-1959
Abe Dueck 1959-1964
George Reimer 1964-1968
Irvin Penner 1968-1972
David Wootton 1973-1977
Frank Froese 1982-1983
Gerald Epp 1984-2010
Kevin Koop 2010-2015
Rick Schellenberg 2016-present

Blaine Lake Gospel Chapel Membership

Year Members
1967 11
1985 10
1993 13
2000 18
2010 35


Map:Blaine Lake Gospel Chapel (Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan)

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

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