Canadian Mennonite Bible College (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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Canadian Mennonite Bible College (CMBC), 600 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba, offered a Bible education to young people seeking to prepare themselves for Christian service, operating under the Conference of Mennonites in Canada.

Consideration of the establishment of such a school was begun by the Conference in 1941. Twice (1942, 1945) the conference decided that a course in theology should be added to the four-year Bible program of the Rosthern (Saskatchewan) Academy, but lack of staff prevented this. Finally a separate school was established in Winnipeg in the basement rooms of the Bethel Mission Church at 103 Furby Street with a  three-year curriculum patterned after the Bible Department of Bethel College at North Newton, Kansas.

On 5 October 1947 the Bible College was opened and dedicated. Arnold J. Regier, an American Mennonite from Kansas, was hired as head of the newly formed college. Four Canadians were hired to complete the faculty - Isaac I. Friesen, P. A. Rempel, Henry Wall and John Konrad. The enrollment numbered 33 students. In the following year the staff increased to 7, and the student body to 49.

A building at 515 Wellington Crescent, the former Smith mansion, located in a desirable residential district on the banks of the Assiniboine River, was purchased on 17 May 1949, and the college began the 1949-50 season with a staff of 9 instructors and a student enrollment of 74. In 1956 the College moved to the Shaftesbury Blvd. location.

In 1964 CMBC became designated as an approved teaching centre of the University of Manitoba which allowed Mennonite students to be simultaneously enrolled at CMBC and the University where they could later complete their university education.

Presidents of the college were Arnold J. Regier (1947-1952), Isaac I. Friesen (1952-1959), Henry Poettcker (1959-1978), George K. Epp (1978-1983), John H. Neufeld (1984-1997) and Gerald Gerbrandt (1997-2000); David Schroeder and Helmut Harder served as interim presidents for a period each.

Discussions with other Mennonite educational institutions regarding the possibilities of closer ties or a joint educational venture also took place over the course of CMBC's history, especially in the 1980s and 1990s which led to the founding of Canadian Mennonite University (a federation of three colleges -- CMBC, Menno Simons College and Concord College) in September 2000. Gerald Gerbrandt was appointed as university president.


The Canadian Mennonite Bible College Yearbook (1949-1950): 32-33.

Twenty-Five Years: A Time to Grow. Winnipeg, MB: Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1972.

Additional Information

Full-time Faculty and Administrative Staff (1947-1972)

Faculty Member Years of Service
Arnold J. Regier 1947-1951
Isaac I. Friesen 1947-1967
Henry Wall 1947-1959
P. A. Rempel 1947-1949
John Conrad 1947-1954
David Janzen 1948-1958
Benno Toews 1949-1954
John D. Adrian 1951-1962
Gerhard Lohrenz 1952-1966
Henry Poettcker 1954-
Esther Wiebe 1954-
George Wiebe 1954-
Waldemar Janzen 1956-
David Schroeder 1959-
Peter Harder 1959-
Margaret Sawatsky Ewert 1960-1965
Margaret Wiens Franz 1961-
Helmut Harder 1962-
Rudy A. Regehr 1962-
Leo Driedger 1964-1968
Lawrence Klippenstein 1964-1967
Peter Fast 1966-
Rodney Sawatsky 1967-1970
John Esau 1968-1969
Gerald Gerbrandt 1969-1971
Arthur Janzen 1970-
Adolf Ens 1970-1971
Henry Engbrecht 1971-
Harry Huebner 1972-

Author(s) Henry H Funk
Date Published February 2012

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Funk, Henry H. "Canadian Mennonite Bible College (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2012. Web. 17 Aug 2022.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=55399.

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Funk, Henry H. (February 2012). Canadian Mennonite Bible College (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 August 2022, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=55399.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 506-507. All rights reserved.

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