Butterfield Community Bible Church (Butterfield, Minnesota, USA)

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Butterfield Community Bible Church, Butterfield, Minnesota.
Source: Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches website.

The Mennonite Church of Butterfield began when two earlier General Conference Mennonite Church congregations merged in 1921. Mennonite immigrants from Galicia, Austria established the Menno Simons Mennonite Church and built a small meetinghouse. It joined the Northern District of the General Conference in 1908. Jacob Linscheid served as the first minister for 11 years.

Russian-German Mennonite immigrants established a church at the north end of Butterfield, Minnesota's Main Street, and joined the Northern District in 1896. It was known as the Salem Mennonite Church. As the number of members decreased, it invited the Menno Simons congregation to join them. This took place, but leadership ended up in the hands of former members of the Menno Simons congregation and led to unhappiness. Eventually, former Menno Simons members began to meet on the second floor of a local Mennonite-owned furniture store.

This group built a church in the spring of 1922 and dedicated it on 6 August 1922. It took the name Mennonite Church of Butterfield. After the Salem church disbanded in 1926, the Mennonite Church of Butterfield purchased the pews of the Salem Church.

The Mennonite Church of Butterfield withdrew from the Northern District and the General Conference Mennonite Church in about 2002. It subsequently changed its name to Butterfield Community Bible Church and joined the Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches. In 2019 it joined the United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.


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Additional Information

Address: 100 Chapman Avenue, Butterfield, Minnesota

Phone: 507-621-1546

Website: https://www.facebook.com/butterfieldcbc/

Denominational Affiliations: United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Pastoral Leaders at Butterfield Community Bible Church

Name Years
of Service
Jacob Linsheid (1837-1899) 1888-1889
Daniel Hubin (1854-1944) 1890-1907?
Heinrich Kintzi (1857-1922) 1892-1902
Nickolai F. Toews (1857-1935) 1896-1901
Heinrich H. "H. H." Regier (1855-1933) 1902-1927
Peter J. Friesen (1870-1950) 1914-1924
Jacob J. "J. J." Balzer (1860-1946) 1925-1929
Louis H. Linscheid (1903-1985) 1930-1937
Albert Schultz 1938-1943
Bernhard "Ben" J. Nickel (1918-1989) 1943-1946
Paul W. Tschetter (1917-2014) 1946-1952
Edward Duerksen (1892-1979) 1952-1956
Peter W. Tschetter (1922-2016) 1957-1965
Ronald L. Hiebner (1938-1985) 1965-1968
Melvin C. Norquist (1916-2007) 1969-1975
Marvin Penner 1976-1978
Philip Atwood 1978-1979
Bruce Nickel 1981-1985
Dennis Siebert 1987-1991?
Abe Boschmann 1993-1996?
Jeffrey D. Boschmann 1997?-2004?
James Sprague 2005-2014
Tim Hall 2014-

Butterfield Community Bible Church Membership

Year Members
1940 72
1950 97
1960 102
1970 89
1980 100
1990 80
2000 48


Map:Butterfield Community Bible Church (Butterfield, Minnesota)

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By J. John Friesen. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 487. All rights reserved.

The Mennonite Church of Butterfield, a member of the General Conference Mennonite, is located in the village of Butterfield, Watonwan County, Minnesota. It had its origin in the Menno Simons Mennonite Church, which united with the Salem Mennonite Church in 1915, withdrew in 1921, reorganized and built a church in 1922, known as the Mennonite Church of Butterfield. In 1953 its membership was 96.

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published August 2023

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Butterfield Community Bible Church (Butterfield, Minnesota, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2023. Web. 29 Nov 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Butterfield_Community_Bible_Church_(Butterfield,_Minnesota,_USA)&oldid=177410.

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Steiner, Samuel J. (August 2023). Butterfield Community Bible Church (Butterfield, Minnesota, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Butterfield_Community_Bible_Church_(Butterfield,_Minnesota,_USA)&oldid=177410.

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