Grace Mennonite Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada)

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Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach, MB

The Grace Mennonite Church in Steinbach was organized in 1961 with 43 charter members. The church was begun by families from Steinbach Mennonite, Bergthaler Mennonite, and the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren church who resisted the evangelical pressures which existed in other churches. Conflict over the use of the German language also was a motivating factor in establishing Grace Mennonite Church.

Rented facilities were used at first for a place of meeting. The first owned building was occupied in 1962 and a new building completed in 1989.

Through mission conferences in the 1970s, joint communion services in the 1980s and bridge-building and conference-minded leadership at Steinbach Mennonite and at Grace Mennonite, relationships could be restored over the years. Flexibility and bilingual fluency contributed to growth at Grace.

The language of worship was English from the beginning.

Bibliography

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

Harder, Leland. Steinbach and Its Churches. Elkhart, Indiana: Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1970, 109 pp.

Mennonite Reporter (12 December 1977): 17; (8 December 1986): 13; (2 October 1989): 14.

25th Anniversary pictorial directory, 1986. Mennonite Historical Society of Canada collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Archival Records:

Records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: Box 508, Steinbach, MB  R0A 2A0 (Co-ordinates 49.519302,-96.682616)

Phone: 204-326-3707.

Website: gracesteinbach.ca

Denominational Afflication:

Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba / Mennonite Church Manitoba (1963-present)

[Conference of Mennonites in Canada]] / Mennonite Church Canada (1963-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1965-1999)

Grace Mennonite Church (Steinbach) Leading Ministers

Minister Years of service
George S. Rempel 1961-1964
Leonard Epp 1965-1969
Paul Peters 1970
Peter G. Sawatzky 1971-1981
John Braun 1982-1993
Dave Bergen 1994-2004
Mel Letkeman 2004-

Grace Mennonite Church (Steinbach) Membership

Year Membership
1961 43
1965 101
1975 162
1985 296
1995 200
2000 242


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


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Epp, Marlene and Alf Redekopp. "Grace Mennonite Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2020. Web. 26 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Church_(Steinbach,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167044.

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Epp, Marlene and Alf Redekopp. (March 2020). Grace Mennonite Church (Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Grace_Mennonite_Church_(Steinbach,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=167044.




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