Coaldale Mennonite Church (Coaldale, Alberta, Canada)

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Coaldale Mennonite Church, Coaldale, AB

The congregation began services in 1926, and formally organized in 1928 with 11 families. Initially services were conducted in the local United Church. A building program began in 1931 and services were held in the basement. The completed building was dedicated on 10 January 1937. In 1949 this meeting house was enlarged and in 1958 a new larger meeting house was built, with an education wing added later. P. P. Dyck is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union. The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

Originally, the Mennonite Brethren and General Conference Mennonites in Coaldale worshiped together.

In August 2001 the congregation withdrew from the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta (and by default Mennonite Church Canada) because of disagreement with the conference's approach to calling congregations to accountability on theological and lifestyle issues.


Canadian Mennonite (30 May 1958): 1.

"Coaldale Officially Withdraws Membership." Canadian Mennonite 5 (26 February 2001): 28.

Dick, C. L. The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: A History of its Churches and Institutions. Edmonton: The Mennonite Conference of Alberta, 1981, 147 pp.

Funk-Unrau, Neil. "Coaldale Church to Leave Conference, Tofield to Withhold Funds." Canadian Mennonite 4 (3 April 2000): 13.

Jubilaeumsbuch der Mennoniten Gemeinde zu Coaldale, Alberta: Erinnerung an die Dank und Gedenkfeier des 25 jaerigen Bestehens dieser Gemeinde. ca. 1953.

Klassen, Bev. "Coaldaler Mennonitengemeinde: a Statistical Review." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1978, 27 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives. "Coaldale Mennonite Church fonds." 2004. Web. 21 September 2009.

Mennonite Reporter (7 March 1994): 13.

Additional Information

Address: 2316 17 St., Box 1237, Coaldale, AB T1M 1G3

Phone: 403-345-3363

Website: Coaldale Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliation:

Conference of Mennonites in Alberta (1928-2001)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1929-2001)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1929-1999)

Coaldale Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
P. P. Dyck 1928-1929
Jacob Gerbrandt 1930-1932
Peter P. Schellenberg 1932-1965
Wilhelm Martens 1934-1938
F. W. Dyck 1931-1979
Johan Görtz 1931-1935
Johann P. Vogt 1931-1946
Abram Enns 1936-1977
Peter Friesen 1936-1946
Peter Goossen 1941-1943
Klaas Janzen 1943-1948
Heinrich Lepp 1948-1953
Jacob Siemens 1949-1965
Peter A. Unger 1949-1955
Otto Bartel 1954-1955
Johannes Dyck 1954-1961
Peter Retzlaff 1967-1975
Norman Bergen 1976-1986
F. David Dyck 1987-1989
Peter Funk 1990-1997
Ed Balzer 1998-2002
Manfred Boller 2007-2011
Don Bergen 2011-
Gary Giesbrecht

Coaldale Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1931 48
1950 192
1960 311
1965 315
1975 326
1985 315
1995 320
2000 323


Map:Coaldale Mennonite Church (Coaldale, Alberta)

Author(s) John P. Vogt
Marlene Epp
Date Published December 2011

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Vogt, John P. and Marlene Epp. "Coaldale Mennonite Church (Coaldale, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2011. Web. 6 Jul 2022.,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=172779.

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Vogt, John P. and Marlene Epp. (December 2011). Coaldale Mennonite Church (Coaldale, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 July 2022, from,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=172779.


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