Glenlea Mennonite Church (Glenlea, Manitoba, Canada)

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Glenlea Mennonite Church, October 2014
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About 20 Mennonite immigrant families arrived in the Glenlea, Manitoba, area from Russia in 1925. Glenlea is located about 18 miles (30 km) south of Winnipeg. The families initially met for worship in private homes. In 1926 they began to meet in rented facilities, and in 1928 they joined the Schoenwiese Mennonite Church group, a multi-congregational church. In 1946 they became an independent congregation with a membership of 44. In 1950 they moved a building to Glenlea to use as their own meeting house.

In 1975 this building needed to be renovated and enlarged, but instead the congregation decided to build a new meeting house. The congregation has emphasized the study of scripture through its annual Bible study weekends.


Mennonite Reporter (26 January 1976): 16; (15 September 1986): 14.

Warkentin,  A. D. "Kurzer Geschichtlicher Ueberblick: das Entstehen und ueber die ersten 50 Jahre der Glenlea Mennonitengemeinde." 1975, 4 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: Glenlea, Manitoba

Telephone: (204) 883-2471


Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Manitoba

Mennonite Church Canada

Glenlea Mennonite Church Ministers

Johann Friesen 1931-1955
Johann Rogalsky 1931-1961
Cornelius Peters 1931-1934
Isaak Warkentin 1936
Jakob Pankratz 1937-1952
Jakob Toews 1939-1951
Abram Warkentin 1966
Jakob Friesen 1965-1975
Frank Enns 1975-1989 
Frank Wiens 1990
Del Epp 1990-2008
Ernie Wiens  1990-2008
Erwin Kroeker (interim) 2008-2010
Dale Friesen 2010-2017
Cheryl Braun 2017-present

Glenlea Mennonite Church Membership

1946 44
1954 55
1965 49
1975 69
1985 96
1995 126
2000 139
2020 85

Author(s) Jacob Pankratz
Marlene Epp
Date Published January 1989

Cite This Article

MLA style

Pankratz, Jacob and Marlene Epp. "Glenlea Mennonite Church (Glenlea, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 22 May 2024.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=171807.

APA style

Pankratz, Jacob and Marlene Epp. (January 1989). Glenlea Mennonite Church (Glenlea, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2024, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=171807.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 525. All rights reserved.

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