Home Street Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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Home Street Mennonite Church, August 2017.
Photo: Bert Friesen.

Home Street Mennonite Church began out of a decision by the central authority (Lehrdiendst) of the Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Manitoba to found a congregation in the city of Winnipeg in 1957. The congregation was first called the Winnipeg Bergthler Mennonite Church. This group met in rented facilities in North Kildonan for the first year. In 1958 they purchased their own meeting house at the corner of Simcoe and St. Matthews. By 1962 they needed larger facilities and purchased another meeting house at the corner of Ross and Sherbrook. In 1966, partially to alleviate space problems, another group was started, known as the Fort Garry Fellowship. The congregation continued to grow and in 1973 purchased the former Home Street United Church and changed their name to Home Street Mennonite Church. 

Home Street congregation suffered a division in early 1994 when 70 persons left to form the Good News Mennonite Church over issues of biblical interpretation, women in ministry and the role of conference affiliation.


Canadian Mennonite (9 January 1959): 1; (20 May 1960): 22.

Letkemann, Kathy. "The History of the Home St. (Bergthaler) Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1973, 29 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Mennonite Reporter (24 June 1974): 6; (1 November 1982): 13; (21 February 1994): 1-2.

Sawatzky, Tim. "The Story of the Home Street Mennonite Youth, 1958-86." Research paper, Canadiann Mennonite Bible College, 1986, Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Stoesz, Dennis. The Story of the Home Street Mennonite Church: 1957-1982. Winnipeg: Home St. Mennonite Church, 1985, 111 pp.

Unpublished congregational history, 1966, 16 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Wiebe, Bernie. "The Story of the Winnipeg Bergthaler Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1958, 8 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: Home Street Mennonite Church (Winnipeg) fonds.

Additional Information

Address: 318 Home Street, Winnipeg, MB R3G 1X4 (Co-ordinates 49.886389 -97.168611)

Telephone: 204-783-1721

Website: Home Street Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Manitoba (1957-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1957-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1968-1999)

Home Street Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
Ernest Wiebe 1957-1966
Edward Brandt 1966-1967
Clarence Epp 1967-1972
David Wiebe 1972-1977
John R. Friesen 1977-1983
Ernest Wiebe (interim) 1984
Robert Pauls 1985-2000
Tym Elias 2001-2009
Ken Bechtel (interim) 2009-2010
Terry Zimmerly 2011-2017
Judith Friesen Epp (co-pastor) 2015-
Melissa Miller (interim) 2017-2019
Phil Campbell-Enns (co-pastor) 2019-

Home Street Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 216
1975 211
1985 272
1995 120
2000 143
2005 174
2010 174
2020 195

Author(s) Bert Friesen
Date Published April 2012

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Friesen, Bert. "Home Street Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2012. Web. 31 Mar 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Home_Street_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=170982.

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Friesen, Bert. (April 2012). Home Street Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 March 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Home_Street_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=170982.

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