Grace Mennonite Church (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Grace Mennonite Church, Regina, SK
Source: Mennonite Church Saskatchewan website

Russian Mennonite immigrants settled in the area south and west of Regina in the 1920s. However, many left the area in the 1930s because of economic difficulties. During the war, some did alternative service in the bigger cities including Regina.

In 1941 a Mennonite congregation was founded in Regina which had both Mennonite Brethren and General Conference families. During these years they were served by both Mennonite Brethren and General Conference ministers. They worshipped together until 1955. Then the General Conference families organized their own informal congregation and purchased their own meeting house at 1409 Victoria Avenue. There were 33 members in 1955 and was named Victoria Avenue Mennonite Church. After five years of growth, they formally founded the Grace Mennonite Church with 68 charter members in 1960. Then in 1968 they completed a larger meeting house which was expanded in 1979.

The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1950s.

In 1988 the congregation began a Chinese ministry when the congregation hired Pat Houmphan as Asian pastor. In 1997 Magdalena Widjaja was ordained as Chinese pastor to the Grace Mennonite Chinese Fellowship portion of the congregation.

In 1997 there were also Laotian and Hispanic fellowships within the congregation.

Grace Mennonite was originally known as Regina Mennonite Conference Mission and also as Victoria Avenue Mennonite Church.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (5 August 1955): 1; (3 June 1960): 3; (4 June 1968): 11.

Mennonite Reporter (24 November 1980): 4; (29 April 1985): 11; (1 April 1991): B4; (20 April 1992): B1; (14 April 1997): 11.

One Foundation: The History of Grace Mennonite Church of Regina. 1980, 23 pp.

Wiens, Gerald M. "A History of the Grace Mennonite Church in Regina, Saskatchewan." Research paper, 1977, 11 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: 2935 Pasqua Street, Regina, SK S4S 2H4

Phone: 306-584-2555

Website: Grace Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan (1960-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1960-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1962-1999)

Pastoral Leaders at Grace Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
H. H. Penner 1955-1957
Paul Dyck 1955-1956
Norman Bergen 1956-1959
Edgar Epp 1959-1961
Otto Driedger 1959-1961
Edward Enns 1961
Ramon Jantz 1961-1964
Isaac Epp 1964
Reynold Kipfer 1965-1969
Fred Unruh 1969-1975
Erick Swatzky 1976-1980
Ferd Ediger 1983-1987
Murray Logan 1988
1991
Bruce Hiebert 1989-1990
Karen Martens Zimmerly 1992-2008
Terry Zimmerly 1992-2008
Dan Graber 2009-2016
Rose Graber 2009-2019
Rodney Hennessey 2020-present
Andrew Waithe (Associate) 2013?-present

Grace Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1955 33
1965 95
1975 124
1985 191
1995 199
2000 217
2020 170


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published July 2021

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Epp, Marlene. "Grace Mennonite Church (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2021. Web. 1 Oct 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Church_(Regina,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=171932.

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Epp, Marlene. (July 2021). Grace Mennonite Church (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 October 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Church_(Regina,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=171932.




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