Community Fellowship Church (Newton, Manitoba, Canada)

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Newton Mennonite Brethren Church, 1951.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies

The Newton Siding Mennonite Brethren Church (later known as Newton Mennonite Brethren Church) began services in 1926, and formally organized on 25 November 1928 with 24 members. The congregation began meeting in a school, and in 1938, the decision was made to build a church three miles away from Newton. It was dedicated in September 1939. In 1940, the church was burned down and they were given permission to meet in the Salem United Church if they conducted the services in English. In the fall of 1940, the congregation decided to rebuild part of the church. The basement of the church was used for services until 1946 when the superstructure was rebuilt. In 1980, they dedicated another new building and the name changed to Community Fellowship Church, to convey openness to the community.

The congregation celebrated its 75th anniversary on 26-27 July 2003.


Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 27): 41; (19 November 1999); (3 November 2000); (3 October 2003); (December 2011); (May 2014): 38.

Archival Records:

Congregational Records at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies

Additional Information

Address: 60007 Road 27 W, Newton, Manitoba (Co-ordinates 49.887459,-98.078709)

Mailing Address: Box 1035, Newton, MB R0H 0X0

Phone: 204-267-2116


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Newton Community Fellowship Ministers

Minister Years
John Derksen 1928-1942
Gerhard Konrad 1942-1946
D. K. Janzen 1946
A. A. Loewen 1946-1955
David A. Dyck 1955-1970
John Froese 1970-1974
Irvin Penner 1974-1977
Peter Boschman 1977-1983
Jake Penner 1985-1988
Art Willms 1989-1993
Aubrey Krahn 1993-2000
Neil Block (interim) 2000-2003
Ramsy Unruh 2003-2011
Manfred Boller 2011-2014
Bob Enns 2015-present

Newton Community Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1950 106
1954 139
1965 108
1985 171
1995 174
2000 166
2010 152

Author(s) Herman Neufeld
Marlene Epp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published March 2012

Cite This Article

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Neufeld, Herman, Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. "Community Fellowship Church (Newton, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 24 Mar 2023.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167892.

APA style

Neufeld, Herman, Marlene Epp and Richard D. Thiessen. (March 2012). Community Fellowship Church (Newton, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 March 2023, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167892.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 868. All rights reserved.

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