Grace Church (Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, Canada)

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Grace Church, ca. 1987.
Photo: Centre for MB Studies (NP077-03-05)

Grace Church (formerly Grace Church of the Mennonite Brethren) began services in 1978, and formally organized in 1982. Gary Sawatzky is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization of northern Manitoba and outreach by the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba.

This congregation actually began in the 1930s as a Presbyterian church but decided to switch denominational affiliation in the late 1970s.


Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 36; (3 May 1996); (June 2008).

Two short unpublished histories in Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volume 519.

Additional Information

Address: Box 179, Cranberry Portage, MB R0B 0H0

Location: 102 Portage Rd. SE.

Phone: 204-472-3504

Denominational Affiliation:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1983-present)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1983-present)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1983-2002)

Grace Church Ministers

Minister Years
of Service
Gary Sawatzky 1978–1979
John Nikkel 1980–1985
Ted Goossen 1986–1995
Bob Hay 1996
Bill Lothian 1996-2008

Grace Church Membership

Year Members
1985 14
1995 12
2000 10
2010 8

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published March 2012

Cite This Article

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Epp, Marlene. "Grace Church (Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 24 Jun 2024.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167569.

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Epp, Marlene. (March 2012). Grace Church (Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 24 June 2024, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167569.

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