Douglas Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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Douglas Mennonite Church, August 2017.
Photo: Bert Friesen.

Douglas Mennonite Church began services in 1978, and formally organized in 1980. It began as a daughter congregation of Springfield Heights Mennonite Church. The seven men that drew up the plan for this congregation were born in Boissevain (2), East Prussia (1), Old Colony in Russia (2), Orenburg, USSR (1) and Germany (1). Some of them returned to Springfield Heights later on. One of its strengths was its strong group of lay ministers that worked with the pastor, and later became ministers elsewhere in Canada. Lay ministers included Erwin Strempler, Guenther Strempler, John Sawatzky, James Schellenberg and Jake Harms.

A new building was dedicated in 1995.


Mennonite Reporter (11 December 1995), 15.

Ens, Anna. In Search of Unity: Story of the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba. Winnipeg, Manitoba: CMBC Publications, 1996.

Hiebert, Angi. "The History of the Unique Separation of the Douglas Mennonite Church from the Springfield Mennoniten-Gemeinde (1976-1982)." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1983, 30 pp., Mennonite Heritage Centre.

"Brief History." Unpublished typescript, 1 p. Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Address: 1517 Rothesay, Winnipeg MB R2G 3G5

Telephone: 204-668-7432

Website: Douglas Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba (1980-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1980-present)

Douglas Mennonite Leading Ministers

Minister Years of service
Franz Wiebe 1980-1982
George K. Epp 1983-1986
Cornelius Plett 1987-1992
Gerhard Epp 1993
Hugo Jantz 1993-1996
James Schellenberg 1997
Kathleen Rempel Boschman and Don Boschman 1998-

Douglas Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1985 249
1995 329
2000 356

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Samuel J. Steiner
Alf Redekopp
Date Published March 2020

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Epp, Marlene, Samuel J. Steiner and Alf Redekopp. "Douglas Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2020. Web. 19 Apr 2021.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167006.

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Epp, Marlene, Samuel J. Steiner and Alf Redekopp. (March 2020). Douglas Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 April 2021, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167006.

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