Compass Mennonite Brethren Church (Compass, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Compass, Saskatchewan. In 1938 there were 12 members; in 1950, 26. The congregation discontinued in 1958. 

The Compass Mennonite Brethren congregation formally organized in 1938 with Frank Janzen as the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by the Mennonite Brethren conference. It was affiliated with the Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. The language of worship was English; the transition from German occurred in 1951.

The group was earlier known as Northern Evangelical Church. The church was on the verge of closing when the David Nickel family arrived in 1950. They helped to rejuvenate the congregation, and repairs were made to the church building. Arno Fast, a teacher, moved the Compass church to Rapid View when a new Mennonite Brethren mission was established there in 1957. In the 1961 the congregation purchased a Lutheran Church in Meadow Lake, and moved there. At the same time the local Baptist church moved to Loon Lake, so some of the Baptist members joined the Mennonite Brethren church in Rapid View.

See Northwest Community Church (Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada)


Canadian Mennonite (2 January 1959): 3.

Penner, Peter. No Longer at Arm's Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1987: 67-68. Available in full electronic text at:

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Original Article from Mennonite Encyclopedia

Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 662. All rights reserved.

Compass Mennonite Brethren Church, formerly known as the Northern Evangelical Church, located northwest of Meadow Lake, Sask., or approximately 250 miles northwest of Saskatoon, is a member of the Canadian Conference of the M. B. Church. The church was organized in 1938 under the leadership of Frank Janzen, with 12 members. Its (1953) minister is David Nickel, and the church as a membership of 28.

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published February 2012

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Epp, Marlene and Samuel J. Steiner. "Compass Mennonite Brethren Church (Compass, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2012. Web. 17 Aug 2022.,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=165674.

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Epp, Marlene and Samuel J. Steiner. (February 2012). Compass Mennonite Brethren Church (Compass, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 August 2022, from,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=165674.

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