Christian Press, Ltd. (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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In 1923 the publication of the two German-language weeklies of the Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Mennonitische Rundschau and Christlicher Jugendfreund, was transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba by Hermann Neufeld, who at that time established the Rundschau Publishing House. In 1940 this house was reorganized into the present Christian Press, Ltd., a firm which was owned jointly by the Mennonite Brethren Conference of Canada (1/8th of the stock) and private shareholders (7/8), who were all Mennonites. The main objective was to publish Christian periodicals for German-reading Mennonites the world over. Mennonite church literature and other Christian literature in eight different languages was being published.

In the 1950s the company owned the house and printing shop at 159 Kelvin St. (Kelvin Street's name was later changed to Henderson Highway), Winnipeg. C. A. DeFehr was the president of the company. Henry F. Klassen was the managing director and editor of its two major publications, one of which was the Mennonitische Rundschau (1877-2007), widely known as one of the oldest Mennonite publications in North America.

In 1964 Christian Press was acquired by the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, and was given oversight by a management board. The Press was profitable, and returned surpluses to the parent organization.

In 2005, Christian Press relocated to 1320 Taylor Avenue, Winnipeg, and was renamed CP Printing Solutions in 2012. The Conference executive decided to discontinue in 2019 the print version of its denominational magazine, the MB Herald. The last issue was mailed to subscribers in January 2020. Without a magazine to print, the Conference also decided to liquidate the assets of CP Printing in February 2020, bringing a close to CP Printing Solutions.

Author(s) Henry F Klassen
Jon Isaak
Date Published April 2020

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Klassen, Henry F and Jon Isaak. "Christian Press, Ltd. (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2020. Web. 10 May 2021.,_Ltd._(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167534.

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Klassen, Henry F and Jon Isaak. (April 2020). Christian Press, Ltd. (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 May 2021, from,_Ltd._(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167534.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 583. All rights reserved.

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