Cornerstone Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Cornerstone Church, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Source: Victor G. Wiebe, MHSS

Mennonites settled in the reserve north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the 1920s. The Depression caused some from rural areas to move to the city to look for a livelihood. World War II exposed others who served in Alternative Service Work Camps or in the military service to different lifestyles, and many chose not to return to their rural communities. The large rural families also found it difficult to find enough land for all of the next generation. Thus after the War many Mennonites moved into Saskatoon.

In the late 1940s there were two Mennonite congregations in Saskatoon, but neither appealed to many of these new settlers. So another congregation was begun in 1949 called Mayfair Mennonite Mission. Their first meeting house was the former home of the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Langham. In 1954 the membership was 66. In 1957 a larger meeting house was obtained -- the former First Mennonite meeting house in Saskatoon. In 1964 this building was expanded and another congregation grew out of it called Mount Royal Mennonite Church. The membership had increased to reach 225 in 1964. In 1987 the congregation decided to build a new meeting house in a new location in Saskatoon. This meeting house was completed in 1988. In September 1988 the church which was originally referred to as the Mayfair Mennonite Mission changed its name to Cornerstone Church (Mennonite).

After some years of increasing isolation from the Conference of Mennonites of Saskatchewan because of doctrinal concerns, the congregation withdrew from the Saskatchewan conference and Mennonite Church Canada in early 2006. It is now an independent evangelical congregation.


Canadian Mennonite (16 March 1965): 6.

Canadian Mennonite 10 (20 March 2006).

Mennonite Reporter (29 May 1989): 11; (5 February 1990): 13; (9July 1990): 16; (17 May 1993): B4; (10 January 1994): 9; (3 February 1997): 14.

Patkau, Esther. First Mennonite Church in Saskatoon, 1923-1982. Saskatoon, SK: First Mennonite Church, 1982, 319 pp.

Additional Information

Address: 315 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 7Z5

Phone: 306-931-4949

Website: Cornerstone Church

Cornerstone Pastors

Minister Years
Peter Sawatzky 1950-1968
Norm Bartel 1968-1981
Carl Ens 1982-1988
Melvin Braun 1989-2003
Russell Reid 2003-2007
Russ Wilson 2007-present

Cornerstone Membership

Year Membership
1965 230
1975 262
1985 329
1995 281
2000 284


Map:Cornerstone Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published September 2009

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Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Cornerstone Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2009. Web. 30 May 2024.,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=167232.

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