Gospel Fellowship Church (Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Foam Lake Mennonite Brethren Church, ca. 1975
Photo: Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies (NP149-01-2944)
Gospel Fellowship Church, Foam Lake, SK
Source: Saskatchewan MB Conference website

The congregation began services in 1937, and formally organized in 1938. The first services were held in the Bertdale Hall, north-west of town. In 1940 twenty-two persons were baptized and added to the church. The first building was occupied in 1945, with a subsequent building program in 1992/93. Nick Janz is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union. Ministers in the early years include Nick Janz, David Thiessen, Henry Regehr, Peter Penner, and George Petkau.

During the 1960s the General Conference Mennonite Church closed and its members joined the Mennonite Brethren Church.

The group became known as Gospel Fellowship Church in 1979. It was first known as the Foam Lake Mennonite Brethren Church.


Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 67; (16 September 1988): 22; (5 February 1993): 21; (6 August 1993): 21; (4 February 2005); (July 2009); (May 2014): 38.

Penner, Peter. No Longer at Arm's Length: Mennonite Brethren Church Planting in Canada. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred Press, 1975: 126-127. Available in full electronic text at: https://archive.org/stream/NoLongerAtArmsLengthMBChurchPlantingInCanadaOCRopt?ref=ol#mode/2up.

Archival Records

Gospel Fellowship Church collection at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Additional Information

Address: Box 758, Highway 310 North, Foam Lake, SK, S0A 1A0; located at McIntosh St. and Robertsen Avenue.

Phone: 306-272-3762. 

Denominational Affiliations:

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1939-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Gospel Fellowship Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Alvin Penner 1953-1956
J. H. Kehler 1956-1961
Gerhard Reimer 1961-1966
Peter Willms 1966-1968
Frank Froese 1968-1974
John Siemens 1974-1979
Daniel Stobbe 1980-1986
Art Isaac 1987-1993
Dennis Friesen 1993-2005
Adam Lewis 2005-2009
Manfred Koehler 2010-2012
Ken Klassen 2013-2014
Ken Graham 2014-present

Gospel Fellowship Church Membership

Year Members
1950 23
1965 30
1985 30
1995 50
2000 54
2010 37

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published May 2013

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Epp, Marlene. "Gospel Fellowship Church (Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2013. Web. 6 Jul 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gospel_Fellowship_Church_(Foam_Lake,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=167879.

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Epp, Marlene. (May 2013). Gospel Fellowship Church (Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 July 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gospel_Fellowship_Church_(Foam_Lake,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=167879.

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