Grace Mennonite Church (Brandon, Manitoba, Canada)

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Grace Mennonite Church (Brandon) building, 2017.
Source: Bert Friesen.

The Grace Mennonite Church in Brandon, Manitoba traces its beginning to 1954 when a cluster of five families living in Brandon explored the possibility of Local German services with Ältester G.G. Neufeld of the Whitewater Gemeinde. Beginning in November 1954 ministers from the Mennonite congregations at Rivers, Oak Lake and Whitewater alternated to meet bimonthly with approximately 14 families. They had assistance from the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba and met in rented facilities. The group was known as Brandon Mennonite Mission until 1961.

In 1957 the Conference of Mennonites in Canada sent Mary Ann and Henry Isaac to give leadership to this group. By 1959 they had completed their own meeting house and became an independent congregation, called Grace Mennonite Church. There were 26 charter members in 1959. In 1971 an addition to the meeting house was completed, and another expansion happened 1983.

The language of worship transitioned from German to English in the late 1950s. Over the years the congregation served the various students who came to study at Brandon University.

Theological differences in the congregation caused a division in 1993.


Canadian Mennonite (9 October 1959): 12; (3 March 1961): 10.

Ens, Anna. In Search of Unity: Story of the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba. Winnipeg, Manitoba: CMBC Publications, 1996.

Unpublished congregational history, 1960, 3 pp.

Archival Records:

Records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: 951 10th St., Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4H2 (Co-ordinates 49.835038,-99.951441)

Phone: (204) 728-4515


Denominational Afflication:

Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba / Mennonite Church Manitoba (1957-presebt)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1961-present

General Conference Mennonite Church (1962-1999)

Grace Mennonite Church (Brandon) Leading Ministers

Ministers Years of service
MaryAnn and Henry Isaac 1957-1961
Margaret and Peter Unger 1961-1967
Eleanor and Waldo Neufeld 1968
Anna and David Braun 1969-1971
Joanne and Reynold Kipfer 1971-1975
Alma and Peter Bartel 1977-1983
Mary and Henry Patkau 1983-1989
John Isaak 1990
Darrel Thiessen 1990-1992
Abe Krahn 1992-1999
Bernie Wiebe 1994
David Wiebe 1994-1995
George Derksen 1995-2004
Ken Quiring 2005-

Grace Mennonite Church (Brandon) Membership

Year Membership
1965 40
1975 88
1985 107
1995 72
2000 72

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Alf Redekopp
Date Published March 2020

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