First Mennonite Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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First Mennonite Church, Saskatoon, SK Source: Mennonite Church Saskatchewan website Mennonite Church Saskatchewan website
J.J. Thiessen (seated) and  N.W. Dick were pastors at First Mennonite in 1960. Canadian Mennonite photo.

Saskatoon First Mennonite Church had its beginning with the coming of the Mennonites from the Soviet Union after World War I. Mennonites who settled in Saskatoon were at first served occasionally by visiting ministers and students at the university beginning in 1924. It began primarily as an urban mission, specifically a Mennonite Girls' Home for young women working in the city. The first English Sunday School class began in 1936. In 1930 Jacob John "J. J." Thiessen was stationed here by the Home Mission Board. In 1932 a congregation was organized as a branch of the Rosenort Mennonite Church of Saskatchewan and Thiessen was ordained as minister. A new church was dedicated on 18 October 1936, with subsequent building programs in 1957 and 1990. In 1937 the congregation was reorganized as an independent church, and in 1938 Thiessen was ordained as its elder. The congregation began the Pleasant Hill and Mayfair mission centers; the latter became first known as the Mayfair Mennonite Mission Church and later as Cornerstone Church. The language of worship is English and German; the transition from German occurred in the 1950s.


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Archival Records:

Church records at  Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Location: 418 Queen St., Saskatoon, SK  S7K 0M3

Telephone: 306-244-6772

Website: First Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan (1959-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1938-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1938-1999)

First Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
J. J. Thiessen 1930-1977
Jakob Gerbrandt 1947-1971
David Penner 1951-1962
N. N. Dick 1959-1961
Gerhard Wiens 1960-1969
Abram Martens 1962-1978
Menno Nickel 1965-1971
Abram Warkentin 1966-1978
Edward Enns 1963-1971
Henry Wiens 1971-1983
Henry Reimer 1984-1994
Arnie Fehderau 1996-present

First Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 288
1957 348
1965 505
1975 434
1985 369
1995 253
2000 218
2005 202
2010 162

Author(s) Jacob J. Thiessen
Marlene Epp
Date Published July 2010

Cite This Article

MLA style

Thiessen, Jacob J. and Marlene Epp. "First Mennonite Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 6 Oct 2022.,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=87507.

APA style

Thiessen, Jacob J. and Marlene Epp. (July 2010). First Mennonite Church (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 October 2022, from,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=87507.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 427. All rights reserved.

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