Emmanuel Mennonite Church (Winkler, Manitoba, Canada)
Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler, Manitoba began as an expansion of the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church (WBMC). Following a 1984 baptism service at the church, minister J.K. Klassen and WBMC leadership realized that their facility was no longer large enough for their growing congregation. They discerned that "birthing" a daughter church was the best option and discussions leading to the formation of the Emmanuel Mennonite Church began.
On March 2, 1986 a group met for their first worship service in a newly acquired building at 950 Pembina Avenue (former Grace Mennonite Church). Later that year, on October 19, 1986, Emmanuel Mennonite Church was officially founded with a membership of 102 adult believers.
Emmanuel chose to affiliate with Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba (later called Mennonite Church Manitoba) and Conference of Mennonites in Canada (later called Mennonite Church Canada) shortly after beginning as a church. They have also also built partnerships with MCC (Mennonite Central Committee), Eden Health Care Services, Salem Home, and other local ministries.
By 1994 the membership had doubled to 204 members (plus an additional 204 children and youth) and the church began exploring how to address the need for more space. A second service was established in 1997 and continued until the time when the Emmanuel membership made the decision to build a new facility.
On September 3, 2006 they moved to the new building at 750 15th Street.
In October of 2006, Pastor John P. Klassen returned to Emmanuel (he had served from 1986-1994) and in September of 2007, Pastor Corey Hildebrand join the pastoral team. They were both still serving in 2019.
Mennonite Reporter (28 April 1986): 17; (10 November 1986): 17; (22 June 1987): 16.
Ens, Anna. In Search of Unity: Story of the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba. Winnipeg, Manitoba: CMBC Publications, 1996.
Records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Address: 750 15th Street, Winkler, Manitoba R6W 1M1
Website: Emmanual Mennonite Church
Emmanuel Mennonite Church Leading Ministers
|Minister||Years of service|
|John P. Klassen||1986-1993|
|Larry Kehler (interim)||2006|
|John P. Klassen||2007-|
Emmanuel Church Membership
|Samuel J. Steiner|
|Date Published||March 2020|
Cite This Article
Epp, Marlene, Samuel J. Steiner and Alf Redekopp. "Emmanuel Mennonite Church (Winkler, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2020. Web. 19 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Emmanuel_Mennonite_Church_(Winkler,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167040.
Epp, Marlene, Samuel J. Steiner and Alf Redekopp. (March 2020). Emmanuel Mennonite Church (Winkler, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Emmanuel_Mennonite_Church_(Winkler,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167040.
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