Crossway Elm Creek (Elm Creek, Manitoba, Canada)

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Elm Creek MB Church, mid-1940s.
Source: Al Neufeld Flickr website
Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church building, 1951.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Elm Creek MB Church, ca. 2016.
Source: Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

In 1926 there were 30 Mennonite families from Russia living in the Elm Creek, Culross, and Barnsley districts of Manitoba. The families represented three denominations including Evangelical Mennonite, Mennonite General Conference and the Mennonite Brethren. Jacob Loewen served as leader at this time. In 1929 a group of 23 people became an affiliated of the Winkler MB Church. In 1931, they officially organized as the Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church. The group met in local schools and because of the difficulties of not having their own building, the congregation decided to build their own church. Many people moved to Elm Creek from Saskatchewan and in 1944, the building was enlarged and a basement was added. In 1950, a larger church was built and in 1964, an extension added. In 1978 a fellowship hall was built along side the church. Through the years the church was able to keep an active youth group and choir.

The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

The congregation changed its name to Crossway Elm Creek in September 2020.


"A Brief Review of the Founding of the M.B. Church at Elm Creek Manitoba, September 10,1950," 3 pp.

"History of the Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church," 2 pp. Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (1 November 1985); (27 May 1988): 40; (February 2008); (November 2009); (December 2011).

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Additional Information

Address: Box 104, 146 Poplar Avenue, Elm Creek, MB R0G 0N0

Phone: 204-436-2290

Website: Crossway Elm Creek

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1929-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1929-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1929-2002)

Crossway Elm Creek Leading Ministers

Minister Years
H. J. Wiebe 1931–1936
J. G. Wiens 1937–1946
H. H. Enns 1947–1953
J. G. Wiens 1954–1959
N. J. Dyck 1960–1963
Jacob W. Kroeker 1964–1972
J. P. Neufeld 1973
Elvin Penner 1974–1975
Neil Funk 1978–1983
John Balzer 1985–1987
Harold Reimer 1989–1990
John Willems 1992–2007
Noel Hudson 2007-2011
Jason Dyck 2011-2019
Konrad Loewen 2020-present

Crossway Elm Creek Membership

Year Members
1930 20
1955 183
1965 120
1975 150
1985 191
1995 174
2000 201
2010 242

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published March 2012

Cite This Article

MLA style

Thiessen, Richard D. "Crossway Elm Creek (Elm Creek, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 21 May 2024.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=172403.

APA style

Thiessen, Richard D. (March 2012). Crossway Elm Creek (Elm Creek, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 May 2024, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=172403.

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