Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church (Gretna, Manitoba, Canada)
The congregation began services in 1890s, and formally organized in 1947. The first building was occupied in 1958. Heinrich H. Ewert is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization from Edenburg, Manitoba. This congregation replaced the Bergthaler church at Edenburg as the latter gradually declined as a population center. The existence of Canadian Pacific rail lines through Gretna and activities at Mennonite Collegiate Institute, plus the arrival of an aggressive leader like H. H. Ewert, caused Gretna to develop into a Mennonite worship center.
The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
Ministers have included: Bernie Wiebe, Jake Letkemann, Ed Plett, Henry Penner, Walter Braun, David F. Friesen, Rudy Franz, Dave Regehr, Marco Funk and Harold Schlegel. Janna and Terrell Wiebe were the pastors in 2020.
Canadian Mennonite (2 January 1959): 3.
Mennonite Reporter (15 May 1978): 11.
Gerbrandt, H. J. Adventure in Faith. Altona, MB: Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Manitoba, 1970, 379 pp.
Church records at Mennonite Heritage Centre
Address: 616 Eighth St, Gretna, MB R0G 0V0 (Co-ordinates 49.0071874,-97.5665827)
Phone: (204) 327-5790
Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba / Mennonite Church Manitoba (1947-present)
General Conference Mennonite Church (1968-2002)
Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church Membership
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