Grace Community Church (Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church, ca. 1950-1951
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Herbert MB Church
Source: Saskatchewan MB Conference website

Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church began services in 1904, and formally organized in 1905. The first building was occupied in 1908, with a subsequent building program in 1957. Jacob J. Martens is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

The congregation was instrumental in founding Herbert Bible School in 1913 which merged with Bethany Bible Institute in 1958. In the early years, the Mennonite Brethren and General Conference Mennonites shared a schoolhouse as a place of worship.

An honorarium was paid to the pastor, H. A. Neufeld, beginning in 1919, although a full-time salaried position did not come into effect until 1944.

In 2015 the congregation changed its name to Grace Community Church.


Canadian Mennonite (29 November 1957): 3.

The History of the Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church 1905-1980. Herbert: Herbert MB Church, 1980, 61 pp.

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 63; (October 2012).

Toews, John A.  A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. 1975, 160. Available in full electronic text at:

Archival Records

Archives collection at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

Additional Information

Address: Box 577, Herbert, SK S0H 2A0

Location: 303 Thompson Street, Herbert, SK

Telephone: 306-784-2612

Denominational Affiliations:

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Jacob J. Martens 1905-1911
Heinrich A. Neufeld 1912-1925
William J.  Bestvater 1926-1927
Heinrich A. Neufeld 1928-1929
J. Schellenberg 1930
J. P. Wiebe 1931
J. Schellenberg 1932
Frank Janzen 1933
J. P. Wiebe 1934-1940
Henry Regehr 1941
Isaac Epp 1942-1947
Dan Wiebe 1948-1949
Alfred H. Kroeker 1950-1951
Edward J. Lautermilch 1952
R. Janzen 1953-1957
Cornelius Braun 1958
Nick Janz 1959-1962
Herman Voth 1963-1971
Jacob Pauls 1971-1985
Robert Yssennagger 1986-1988
Gene White 1989-1994
Ed Schmidt 1995-2002
Henry Dueck (interim) 2001-2002
Bob Capelle 2003-2009
Gary MacKay (interim)  2010-2012
Kirk Ehrhart  2012-2014
Lyndon Epp 2015-present

Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church Membership

Year Members
1950 166
1965 232
1975 231
1985 221
1994 207
2000 207
2010 138

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published August 2015

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